London, South Kensington
29 June 2011
Sir Francis Bernard Dicksee, P.R.A. (1853-1928)
Portrait of Mrs Norman Holbrook, three-quarter-length, in a turquoise dress and a white fan
signed and dated 'Frank Dicksee 1921' (lower left) and inscribed 'Mrs Norman Holbrook/Frank Dicksee/3 Greville Place/N.W.6' (on a label on the reverse)
oil on canvas
58 x 39½ in. (147.3 x 100.3 cm.)
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Royal Academy Illustrated, 1924, p.18.
London, Royal Academy, 1924, no. 203.
London, Kensington Palace, (until 2010).
Viva, Mrs Norman Holbrook (d. 1952), was the daughter of Frederick Woodin. In 1919 she married Commander Norman Holbrook, V.C. (1888-1976), one of six brothers known during the First World War as 'The Fighting Holbrooks'. He was the first submariner to be awarded the Victoria Cross for his command of his submarine B11 through the treacherous Dardanelle Straits, under five rows of mines to sink the Turkish Battleship Mesudiye. In his honour, in 1915, the Australian town of Germanton was patriotically renamed Holbrook.
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