Our latest artwork to go on show at the museum is a new portrait, which was originally purchased at auction in May 2016 with support from the Art Fund and local donors. The painting of Holst’s wife Isobel is by the British artist Millicent Woodforde, who was a friend of the family.
The painting is often referred to as being one of the ‘Barnes paintings’, as it was while the Holst family were residing in Barnes that the series of artworks, including family portraits and landscapes were painted. One of the most famous portraits by Millicent Woodforde’s was of Gustav Holst himself, given in 1962 by his widow Isobel and Imogen to the National Portrait Gallery London, where it is still on show today.
The Isobel Holst portrait unveiling at the Holst Museum is on Friday 17 February and open for public viewing from Saturday 18 February.
Laura Kinnear curator at the Holst Museum commented:
“The Isobel Holst portrait is a very attractive, sensuous painting and we are very much looking forward to having it on public show. It will take pride of place in our newly refurbished rooms, now revitalised and reopen following the flood damage earlier this summer.”