Thursday, October 28, 2010

Mystery around Holst sketchbook unveiled

A RARE sketchbook on display in Cheltenham could have influenced a renowned 19th century artist.

Staff at the Holst Birthplace Museum said the book which is part of an exhibition of painter Theodor von Holst was once owned by Dante Gabriel Rossetti.

Up until now, the history of the book had not been known until a scholar recently wrote to the museum to explain the link.

Holst, great uncle of composer Gustav Holst, was greatly admired by Rosetti, the painter and poet who was founder of the Pre-Raphaelite movement.

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