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Victor Frankenstein observing the first stirrings of his creature. Engraving by W. Chevalier after Th. von Holst, 1831.
- Von Holst, Theodor, 1810-1844.
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Mary Shelley described in her novel Frankenstein, or the modern Prometheus, how Victor Frankenstein, a Swiss student at the University of Ingolstadt, Bavaria, created a living being. The creature lies on the floor, its legs astride a skeleton. In the left foreground, an open book. In the background, electrical and chemical apparatus, and a bookcase on top of which are skulls. An astrological chart is stuck up on a wall. Frankenstein leaves hastily through a door on the right
London : H. Colburn and R. Bentley, 1831.
1 print : engraving, with etching ; image 9.3 x 7.1 cm
Frankenstein. "By the glimmer of the half-extinguished light, I saw the dull, yellow eye of the creature open; it breathed hard, and a convulsive motion agitated its limbs. ... I rushed out of the room.". Page 43. T. Holst del. W. Chevalier sculp.
Max Browne, The romantic art of Theodor von Holst 1810-1844, London 1994, no. 39, pp. 76-77
R. Woof et al., Hyenas in petticoats: Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley, Grasmere 1997, p. 25
Exhibited in “Electricity: The spark of life” at Teylers Museum, Haarlem, Netherlands, 25 July 2017 – 7 January 2018 UkLW
Wellcome Library no. 40186i