|Abel Hold, Cawthorne artist.|
|Born 1815 at Alverthorpe, son of Thomas and Mary
Hold.18 Alverthorpe is now a
suburb north west of Wakefield,Yorkshire, England.
Abel was one of nine children, six boys and three girls .36 Christened Abel Hold, 3rd June 1816 at Wakefield 17. Died 1896, Cawthorne by Barnsley 18 aged 81. He married Sarah Miller, born 1822 Barnsley.35 Abel and Sarah had at least nine children:
|In his early years Abel was a house painter and later
achieved fame as an animal and game painter.18
From 1849 to 1851 he lived at Church Street, Barnsley, moving house in 1852 to the village of Cawthorne where he spent the rest of his life.
Between 1849 and 1871 he exhibited at The Royal Academy in London sixteen times, once at the Royal Institute, Pall Mall, once at The Suffolk Street Galleries and others at Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham and Wakefield. He never had an entry to The Royal Academy rejected.18
In May 1873 a reporter from the Barnsley Chronicle produced a report which is reprinted in "Cawthorne 1790-1990 A Yorkshire Village Remembers Its Past" pp30-31.
Over a hundred years later Abel was finally given some recognition see:
Abel lived in Dark or Black Lane in the 1880's in Cawthorne 12 this is probably Brook House, see photo in 1890's.
His last painting in 1871 was of a "Dead Snipe"
18. Abel was described in 1882 as an artist12.
*In 1997 Abel's paintings,
"birds nest on a mossy bank" were registered for auction at
of Leyburn North Yorkshire in their Summer Catalogue
and on the internet (no image). One (lot 397) was inscribed to Verso
(on the back) and dated 1859, oil on canvas and signed (27cm x 32cm).
Another was on offer (lot 396) at 26cm x 31cm.
*Other undated paintings are
A painting believed to have been produced by Abel Hold. The back is inscribed in pencil stating that it was purchased by J. M. Wood, Ironmonger, Church Street, Barnsley from Abel Hold, Cawthorne in the 1880s. This may be the undated 'A birds' nest on a bank' mentioned above:
* Dated paintings in chronological
There is also a BBC
website displaying some of his works
7 . Jackson Barry churchwarden, Cawthorne Centenary Booklet, 1980.
12 . Pratt Charles Tiplady Rev., History of Cawthorne, 1882.
18. Jackson, Barry, Cawthorne 1790-1990 A South Yorkshire Village
Remembers Its Past, June 1990.
34. Pedigree drawn up for Ina (nee Midgley) Hepworth's estate.
35. 1881 Census for England
36. According to Ted Collins, Abel Hold's great, great grandson.
37. Notified by Donna Harting of Maryland, U.S.A.
38. Information supplied by JJ Smith Gallery <JJSmithGallery@comcast.net>