Core Holdings of the Tormey-Holder Collection: Arthur Denoon Young
Young, Victorian Era Lady in Profile View
by Arthur Denoon Young (1864-1920)
2 1/4 x 3 inches (sight)
watercolor on ivory; housed in a gilt metal pendant frame
About the Artist: Arthur Denoon Young was born in Perth, Scotland on December 9, 1864. Like his father, three aunts and two uncles, he was given the middle name of Denoon, the maiden name of his grandmother, Catherine Denoon (1781-1840). In 1881, at the age of 17, he relocated to London, where he immediately began working as a miniature painter. From 1881 to 1900, he exhibited annually at the Royal Society of Miniature Painters, Sculptors and Gravers (a/k/a the Royal Miniature Society). He also exhibited intermittently at the Royal Society of British Arts and the Royal Scottish Academy. In his later years, he experienced illness and financial hardship. He died in London on September 30, 1920, at the age of 55. He is often confused with Scottish painter and photographer Andrew Young (1854-1925). The identities of the two, unrelated Youngs are often conflated into the erroneous identity of Andrew Denoon Young (See biographical article for details). Listed by Arturi Phillips (page 172 -- listed erroneously as Andrew Denoon Young), Blättel (pages 980, 981) and Foskett (page 681).