Brightwells Fine Art Sale - Day Two - Thursday 21st March 2019
THEODORE MATTHIAS VON HOLST (1810-1844)
Studies of a seated woman and child, with other standing
Figures, recto: A lady on a rooftop, with a bat in the sky beyond, verso, signed 'T. Von Holst' (lower centre)
pen, ink and pencil, unframed
11 x 9 in (27.9 x 22.8cm)
Holst was a literary painter whose choice of Gothic symbolism recalls the Pre-Raphaelites. His work was particularly admired by Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Holst's work also shows the influence of his Royal Academy tutor Henry Fuseli. He is best known as being the first illustrator of Mary Shelley's novel Frankenstein, and he was also a prolific illustrator of German Romantic literature including Goethe's Faust.