HOLDSTOCK, Alfred Worsley OSA (1820-1901) was born in England in 1820. He studied at Orford University. He arrived in Montreal in 1850 where he taught drawing from 1852 to 1873. He died in Montreal in 1901.
Working mainly in watercolour and pastel but also in oil, he painted landscapes with figures, rivers and falls. He also painted native genre. His work includes views of the Thousand Islands, Ottawa River, and Kenora in Ontario; the Laurentians in Quebec; the Red River in Manitoba; the Yukon; and New Brunswick, and is similar to Cornelius Krieghoff in subject matter and use of bright colour. He produced a large volume of work. Holdstock taught drawing at the National School, Montreal. His work is in the collections of the AGO, NGC, OG, NAC, ROM and TPL.