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Henry John Stock, R.I. (London 1853-1930)
Henry John Stock, R.I. (London 1853-1930)

A pale and glimmering light appeared before him

Details
Henry John Stock, R.I. (London 1853-1930)
A pale and glimmering light appeared before him
signed and dated 'H.J. STOCK 79' (lower right) and further signed and indistinctly and extensively inscribed (on an old label attached to the backboard)
pencil and watercolour with scratching out
14½ x 19½ in. (36.8 x 49.5 cm.)
Sale Room Notice
The estimate for this lot should be £800-1200 and not as printed in the catalogue.

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Lot Essay

Stock's ghostly and atmospheric watercolour depicts a scene from Carl Theodor Körner's ghost story The Harp. It tells the story of Edward and Josepha Sellner, a newly married couple who enjoy spending the evenings playing the flute and the harp. However Josepha contracts a fever, and after nine days she passes away. In his grief Edward leaves her room in the same state as it was before her death. One night Edward visits the room to play his flute, when the harp begins to play itself, accompanied by a pale and glimmering light.
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