Mountain Art & Artists
Philip Henry Holmes (1845-1915)Philip Henry Holmes was born in Gardiner, ME on April 23, 1845, the son of Philip C. and Sarah A. Holmes. His Philip C. operated a machine shop and foundry in Gardnier where Philip H. kept his studio. The younger Holmes began selling his landscape paintings in 1868, remaining active as an artist into the early 1880s.
In 1868, Holmes painted in the White Mountains with the noted Hudson River school artist William Louis Sonntag, resulting in a friendship between the two. Holmes also painted in the Mount Desert and Gardnier areas of Maine.
By 1880, he joined his father's business which he eventually ran.
Holmes's paintings are rare. Only one has appeared in 28 years of Barridoff Gallery auctions.
Shettleworth, Earle G. Jr. State Historian, Augusta, ME, from Maine Antique Digest, February 2006.