Portraits of the Past Sneak Peek: William F. Holt

Feb 19, 2022 | Articles & Exhibits, Featured, Photo

Happening Now — Portraits of the Past. Presenting 60 portraits in oil, acrylic, pen and ink, pencil, and photography, all drawn from our archives.

About this painting:

William F. Holt (1867-1940)

Hand-colored pastel based on a photograph; Artist, Casimir Arcouet

Part of the Aurora Historical Society’s Collections since the 1930s

William Holt, who made his living as a railroad office clerk, was an original member of the Aurora Zouaves, a precision military drill team that rose to championship fame in the 1890s. French-born artist Casimir Arcouet (1842-1902) came to the U.S. with his family as a child; in 1872, he came to Aurora. Arcouet was a prominent artist in all media: photography, painting, and sculpture.