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Peter Hollins (1 May 1800 – 16 August 1886) was an English sculptor.

Born in Birmingham, the son of the architect and sculptor William Hollins, Hollins studied drawing under Vincent Barber and sculpture in his father's studio before moving to London to work for Francis Chantrey in 1822. He visited Italy around 1835 and returned to Birmingham in 1843 to take over his father's studio on Great Hampton Street in the Jewellery Quarter.[1]

Showing both classical and romantic influences,[2] he produced over sixty major works, including statuary at Malvern Priory, Bodelwyddan Castle, the Royal College of Surgeons and Weston Park.[3]

Hollins was vice-President of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists for thirty seven years, and also exhibited at the Royal Academy.[3] Although he was less well known as a result of being based outside London for much of his career,[1] Hollins' best work is considered to be the equal of that of Chantrey.[3] His cousin, John Hollins, who did move to London to paint portraits dis become an associate of the Royal Academy.


  1. ^ a b Stocker, Mark (2007). "Hollins, Peter". Grove Art Online. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 2008-12-13.  
  2. ^ Noszlopy, George T. (2003). "Peter Hollins (1800-1886)". Public Sculpture of Warwickshire, Coventry and Solihull. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press. p. 258. ISBN 0853238472. Retrieved 2008-12-13.  
  3. ^ a b c Fisher, Michael (2004). "Hollins, William (1763–1843)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Onlnie Edition ed.). Oxford University Press. Retrieved 2008-12-13.  


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