Carl Schmidt-Helmbrechts

Gespenst (Spook)

etching and aquatint, 



Carl Schmidt-Helmbrechts (Helmbrechts/Ofr 1871-1936 Nuremberg)

"Gespenst" ["Spook" or "Ghost"]

etching and aquatint in blue-green on Similijapan


proof impression

31,5 x 24,8 cm 

in pencil signed lower right and with a dedication to the Nuremberg publishing house "Herr E. Nister im Gottesdienst Nr. 1. VIII 93"

Wonderful impression with very wide margins.

Condition: slight folds and creases; a bit soiled on the upper left of the white margin; pencil notation on the lower right of the white margin; otherwise in beautiful and original condition.

Carl Schmidt-Helmbrechts (Helmbrechts/Ofr 1871-1936 Nuremberg)


etching and aquatint in olive green printed on heavy laid paper


39 x 29 cm (plate); 46,7 x 38,5 cm (sheet)

in the plate: signed and dated at the bottom right, title engraved under the subject and, at the bottom left, remarque of musical notes

unidentified dry stamp lower left

beautiful impression with wide margins

Condition: small gap in the upper right corner; uneven browning of the paper and minimal traces of foxing; otherwise good condition.


Janet McKenzie, Michael Spens, et al., High Art and Low Life: The Studio and the Fin de Siècle  (Washington, DC: Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, 1993) (catalogue of an exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum).


Empusa is a shape-shifting female being in Greek mythology, said to possess a single leg of copper, commanded by Hecate, whose precise nature is obscure.  In Late Antiquity, the empousai have been described as a category of phantoms or spectres, equated with the lamiai and mormolykeia, thought to seduce and feed on young men.


The Daulton Collection