Day, F. Holland (Fred Holland), 1864-1933

Alternative names
Dates:
Birth 1864-07-08
Death 1933-11-12
Americans
English, French

Biographical notes:

Fred Holland Day was an American publisher, "art" photographer, and leader of the aesthetic movement in fin-de-siècle Boston. Day was an enthusiastic collector of John Keats and he led the campaign which resulted in the first memorial to Keats being placed in Hampstead Church in 1894.

From the description of Correspondence relating to John Keats, 1889-1931 (inclusive), 1889-1894 (bulk). (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 612371994

Fred Holland Day was an American publisher, "art" photographer, and leader of the aesthetic movement in fin-de-siècle Boston. Spoelberch de Lovenjoul was a Belgian-born aristocrat and literary scholar.

From the description of Fred Holland Day correspondence with Spoelberch de Lovenjoul, 1889-1892. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 612367623

Fred Holland Day was an American publisher, "art" photographer, and leader of the aesthetic movement in fin-de-siècle Boston. Spoelberch de Lovenjoul was a Belgian-born aristocrat and literary scholar.

From the guide to the Fred Holland Day correspondence with Spoelberch de Lovenjoul, 1889-1892., (Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University)

Day was a Boston, Massachusetts publisher, photographer, and historian. He had a strong interest in the life and poetry of John Keats.

From the guide to the Fred Holland Day papers concerning John Keats, 1849-1906., (Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University)

Epithet: publisher, of Boston, Mass.,USA

British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000213.0x00034a

Epithet: of Add MS 38906

British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000001094.0x00008a

Photographer; Norwood, Mass.

Day began photography in the late 1880s. By 1895 he had established a reputation as a pictorial photographer, and was elected to the Brotherhood of the Linked Ring. In 1900 he arranged in London the first major exhibition of pictorial photography in Europe. A fire in his Boston studio destroyed over 2,000 glass negatives in 1904, which ended his photography career. Day was also a collector of Keatsiana. He published fine books of poetry and other literary works at his firm of Copeland and Day from 1893-1899.

From the description of F. Holland Day papers, 1858-1977. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122291203

Biographical Note

  • 1864, July 23: Born, South Dedham (later Norwood), Mass.
  • 1879: Spent time in Denver, Colo., with his mother
  • 1883: Graduated from Chauncy Hall School, Boston, Mass.
  • 1884 - 1889 : Depository secretary, A. S. Barnes and Co. booksellers, Boston, Mass.
  • 1889: Joined Boston Camera Club, Boston, Mass.
  • 1892: Published literary magazine, The Mahogany Tree, with a group of friends
  • 1892 - 1893 : Published literary magazine, The Knight Errant, with a group of friends
  • 1893: Founded Copeland and Day publishing company with Herbert Copeland
  • 1894: Presented a commemorative bust of John Keats to Hampstead Parish Church, Hampstead, London, England
  • 1895: Photographs exhibited at Third Photographic Salon of the Linked Ring, Dudley Gallery, London, England Elected to the Linked Ring photographic society
  • 1897: Photographic prints and Copeland and Day books exhibited at First Exhibition of Arts and Crafts, Copley Hall, Boston, Mass.
  • 1898: Photographs exhibited in First Philadelphia Photographic Salon, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Pa.
  • 1899: Closed Copeland and Day
  • 1900: Mounted “An Exhibition of Prints by the New School of American Photography Supplemented by an Additional Collection of One Hundred Examples of the Work of F. Holland Day of Boston,” Royal Photographic Society, London, England
  • 1901: Mounted New School of American Photography exhibition, Paris Photo-Club, Paris, France
  • 1902: Photographs exhibited in first Photo-Secession exhibition, National Arts Club, New York, N.Y.
  • 1903 - 1916 : Spent summers in Five Islands, Maine, and hosted visitors including fellow photographers and urban youth from Boston, Mass.
  • 1904: Fire destroyed his photographic studio including his negatives and prints.
  • 1905: Visited Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute, Hampton, Va.; photographed staff and students
  • 1919 - 1933 : Semi-invalid in his Norwood, Mass. home
  • 1933, Nov. 2: Died, Norwood, Mass.

From the guide to the F. Holland Day Papers, 1793-2010, (bulk 1883-1933), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

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Subjects:

  • Horticulture
  • World War, 1914-1918
  • Publishers and publishing--Massachusetts--Boston
  • Social settlements--Massachusetts--Boston
  • Photography--United States
  • Photographers
  • Earthquakes--Japan
  • Local history
  • Arts--United States
  • Epidemics--History--20th century
  • Photography--Early works to 1900
  • Photography--Societies, etc
  • Photography, Artistic
  • Aestheticism (Literature)
  • Genealogy
  • English poetry--19th century
  • Literature--Periodicals
  • Urban youth--Massachusetts--Boston
  • Kanto Earthquake, Japan, 1923
  • Pictorialism (Photography movement)
  • French literature--19th century
  • Influenza Epidemic, 1918-1919
  • Arts and crafts movement--United States
  • English literature--19th century

Occupations:

  • Photographers
  • Publisher

Places:

  • Wrexham, Denbighshire (as recorded)
  • Birmingham, Warwickshire (as recorded)
  • Boston (Mass.) (as recorded)
  • Massachusetts (as recorded)
  • Hampstead, Middlesex (as recorded)
  • Denver (Colo.) (as recorded)