Theodor Richard Edward von Holst (London 1810 – 1844 London): Lycidas ?
Black chalk, red chalk
193 x 322 mm
Like Fuseli, his first teacher, von Holst painted mostly famous literary subjects of European culture, but not current trends. He drew from the works of Virgil, Dante, William Shakespeare, Mary Shelley, and Victor Hugo. Von Holst's early instruction by Fuseli exerted such a powerful influence on his artistic development that some of his work is almost indistinguishable from that of his master. Such is the case of the present drawing : the pointed feet, the strain of the body, and the baggy clothes remind the one of Fuseli. The pose of the figure also seems directly inspired by the print Lycidas that was engraved by Moses Haughton in 1803 after a painting by Fuseli. Von Holst may have wanted to give his own version of Lycidas, a figure described by the poete Milton.
1 800 €