Evening Numbers

A 1979 watercolour by David Holt, based on Hythe Ranges


David Holt


Not Published, Hythe, 1979
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Printing Details

A semi-abstract watercolour and pencil painting entitled "Evening Numbers", painted in March 1979. The painting measures approx 25.5 × 20.5, and depicts the numbers used at Hythe Ranges on the Kent Coast (Ministry of Defence firing ranges). The fourth picture shown is a photograph of some of the numbers today.

Dated and titled by hand to the reverse.

David Holt (1928–2014). Born in Hythe, Kent. Painter and Lecturer in Art. After National Service, he trained at the Canterbury School of Art, the Hammersmith School of Art and the Royal Academy Schools where he was awarded a medal for drawing and the Knapping Prize. He joined a studio-workshop with Gerald Holtom in 1958 where he designed and produced proscenium curtains for schools. In 1958 he was awarded a Harkness Fellowship and travelled across America, producing many drawings and prints of the Pueblo Indians and their life-dance in Santa Fe in New Mexico. He returned to England in 1960 where he continued to paint and work on large textile appliques for schools, churches, and private houses including Spade House in Kent, the former home of H G Wells.

He was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 1962, and in 1964 was commissioned to design and make a large textile applique 'Christ in Majesty' which still hangs in the chapel of Christ Church College in Canterbury.

He was Head of Art at Canterbury Christ Church University until his retirement in 1995. He exhibited widely in the UK and the States and worked with many art societies and summer schools across East Kent.


The watercolour had been mounted but this had sustained damage and has been removed. There is a marginal faint mark where the mount had been. The painting itself is in good condition. Some abrasion to the rear. It would look super framed up again.



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