(Rose) Gwynneth Cobden Holt
Other names: Mrs Huxley-Jones, Mrs Eric Gordon
Active: 1933 - 1969
Country of birth and death: England
Sculptor, ivory carver, wood carver
Born in West Bromwich. She studied at Wolverhampton School of Art and with Richard Garbe at the Royal College of Art. He is said to have given her his ivory working tools at the end of his career. Holt worked in a variety of media but was particularly known as a sculptor in ivory. Her work in this medium is discussed by Carson I.A. Ritchie in 'Modern Ivory Carving', New Jersey, 1972, p. 12.
Holt was married to the sculptor, Thomas Bayliss Huxley-Jones for about thirty years and they lived in Aberdeen and Essex. After Huxley-Jones' death in 1968, Holt married Bishop Eric Gordon, the author of a history of Eynsham Abbey. They lived in Eynsham near Oxford for the remainder of their lives. Holt carved a St Leonard for the local parish church.
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Exhibitions, Meetings, Awards and other Events
Awarded Lady Feodora Gleichen Fund (Royal Academy of Arts, Royal Society of British Sculptors), 1922-1951
Won this for her ivory statuette entitled 'Mother and Child', which was exhibited a the Royal Academy of Arts in 1947.
Exhibited at Royal Society of Artists Birmingham, The Spring Exhibition, 1933
Exhibited at The Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts Ninetieth Annual Exhibition, 1951
Exhibited at Aberdeen Artists' Society Exhibition of Works of Modern Artists, 1935
Exhibited at Aberdeen Artists' Society Exhibition of Works of Modern Artists, 1937
Exhibited at The Exhibition of the Royal Academy of Arts (Summer Exhibition), 1768-
1938 - 1969
Exhibited 29 times (12 times up to 1951), usually one or two works per year.
Institutional and Business Connections
Associate member of Royal Society of British Sculptors
30 March 1943
Served as a Member of the Council.
Personal and Professional Connections
Friends with Mary Gwenllian Gibson
Gibson and Holt were part of a circle of artists and friends who met in Robert Jackson's Castle Street studio. Holt gave a portrait of Mary Gibson by Emerson to Wolverhampton Art Gallery.
Nominator of Albert Willetts
For membership of the Royal Society of British Sculptors
Studied under Richard Louis Garbe
Presume at the Royal College of Art
Wife/husband/spouse of Thomas Bayliss Huxley- Jones
1938 (Circa) - 1969
The Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts, 1861-1989. Volume 2, E-K. A Dictionary of Exhibitors at the Annual Exhibitions of the Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts, 1991 The Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts, 1861-1989
Citing this record
'(Rose) Gwynneth Cobden Holt', Mapping the Practice and Profession of Sculpture in Britain and Ireland 1851-1951, University of Glasgow History of Art and HATII, online database 2011 [http://sculpture.gla.ac.uk/view/person.php?id=msib4_1210667809, accessed 12 Dec 2013]