Harry Holcroft was educated at Worth Abbey and Downside. He read Geography at Hertford College, Oxford, and Art at the Ruskin School of Drawing. After twenty-five years in the Household Cavalry, he left to paint full time. D
uring the 1970s he had various exhibitions of his travels of the Middle East and the Sinai, as well as private commissions for companies as diverse as Drambuie, Bear Stearns, BP Oil and The Economist. He has had over twenty exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles, Provence and London, based on his worldwide travels of the Middle East, Russia, Europe, India, China, Africa and the Amazon.
Following the publication of his trilogy of books: The Silk Route, The Spice Route and The Slave Route, his latest book was Rainforest Light and Spirit, the result of having spent eight years focusing exclusively on studying and painting the rainforests. His travels to the South Pacific and India were ‘books in progress’.
When Harry Holcroft died suddenly in November 2013, after falling down a flight of steps in an ancient Indian palace, he was in the midst of another adventure. He had just spent a month exploring and sketching around Oman, at one point stranding himself in quicksand, surrounded by turtles “300km from any sign of humanity”, as he noted in his diary. Using his twenty-two years of military training, he dug the car out of the quicksand with bits of wood and it would seem implausible to many that such a well-travelled artist might meet his maker falling down a flight of steps at Ahilya Fort just a week later.
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