Holland studied law at Corpus Christ College in Cambridge and despite his enthusiasm for ballooning he had become a lawyer by 1834.
He funded and then took part in establishing a distance ballooning record with Thomas Monck Mason and Charles Green. He later served as a Whig politician representing the constituency of Hastings. Hollond channelled his ballooning interest into funding a record balloon attempt in 1836 by the experienced aeronaut, Charles Green.
The record established stood for over thirty years after Hollins" death.
Charles Green, a professional balloonist and aeronaut planned the record attempt which set out from Vauxhall Gardens in London on 7 November 1836 at 1:30 p.m. Holland, Green and Thomas Monck Mason travelled 500 miles in eighteen hours.
In 1836, Thomas Monck Mason wrote an Account of the Late æronautical Expedition from London to Weilburg which detailed the journey. This book was dedicated to Hollond.
Besides the painting and the book, the humorous poet Thomas Hood also wrote a comic poem to celebrate the epic journey to Nassau.
The Ode to Messrs Green, Hollond and Monck on their late Balloon Adventure, includes the following lines
In 1837, Hollond served as a Whig politician representing the constituency of Hastings. According to official parliamentary records, Holland served from 1837 until 1852, but he did not speak for nearly his first ten years in the House of Commons. Hollond bought Stanmore Hall in Middlesex in 1847.
This house had previously belonged to his father-in-law, Thomas Teed, but had been resited in order that the views could be improved.
In 1840 Hollond married Ellen Julia Teed, an author and philanthropist. The liberals of the time attended her salon in Paris.
Her portrait in the National Gallery, London, entitled "Mrs Robert Hollond", is by the French academic painter, Ary Scheffer.
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