Theodor von Holst

The Fairy Lovers

c.1840

Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 413 x 311 mm
frame: 537 x 437 x 80 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased 1972
Reference
T01518

Catalogue entry

Theodore von Hoist 1810–1844

T01518 The Fairy Lovers c.1840

Not inscribed.
Canvas, 16¼ x 12¼ (41 x 31).
Purchased at Christie’s (Gytha Trust) 1972.
Coll: Rev. George Cuff, sold Fawkham Rectory, Kent, 9 February 1887, bt. John Ames; by descent to M.Ames, sold Christie’s, 18 February 1972 (283), bt. Agnew’s for the Tate Gallery.

This picture was sold at Christie’s together with Hoist’s ‘A milkmaid and her lover’ (284), also from the collection of the Reverend George Cuff, but painted on board and a bit larger, 19½ x 14 in.; the two pictures of lovers do not therefore seem to have been conceived as pendants.

An identification with Titania and Oberon, from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, is possible.

Published in The Tate Gallery Report 1970–1972, London 1972.