Theodor von Holst, Frontispiece to Mary Shelley, Frankenstein

Private collection, Bath

Date: 1831
Technique: Steel engraving in book, 93 x 71 mm

Published by Colburn and Bentley, London

This is the first illustrated edition of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, originally published in 1818. Von Holst’s design evokes the heroic, heavy-limbed figures of Fuseli. The setting, with its dramatic lighting and medieval tracery, is thoroughly Gothic in style.


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