Conversation Piece? A Double Holst Portrait.

Tue, 7 September 2021 at 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Photo credit: Cheltenham Borough Council and The Cheltenham Trust

An online talk by Adrian Barlow, delivered via Zoom.

Imogen Holst was responsible for finding homes for many of the paintings that had come down to her parents or had been collected by them. Some of these pictures were family portraits and none, perhaps, more striking than the double portrait of Gustavus von Holst and his brother Theodor. It was Imogen’s sense of the importance of Cheltenham to her family’s history that brought this portrait to the Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum and then on loan to Holst Victorian House. A detailed discussion of the portrait and its ambiguities will lead to some reflections on Theodor’s reputation as a rising young artist whose work caught the eye of John Rushout, 2nd Baron Northwick. It was Northwick’s astute eye as an art collector that first brought Theodor’s paintings to Cheltenham where they were exhibited at his celebrated gallery in Thirlestaine House. Finally, the lecture will return to the double portrait, comparing it with the pair of portraits of Gustav Holst and his wife Isobel in their London home, painted c.1910 by Millicent Lisle Woodforde.

Adrian Barlow lives in Cheltenham and is currently Chair of the Friends of The Wilson. He writes and lectures on literature, stained glass, art and architecture.

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