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Richard N. Roland Holst collection

Identifier: ubl034

Scope and Contents

The group of bookplates and related material, like picture-stamps, forms an almost complete survey of Roland Holst's production in this field. The same can be said of his posters: 13 of the 16 posters he designed are present, including all the highlights, like the posters for theatre productions, amongst others Goethe's Faust (1918) and SophoclesElectra (1920). The prints include some rare colour trials, such as the poster for the play Marsyas, printed in blue ink.


  • Creation: 1890-1938

Conditions Governing Use

Regulations that apply during the use of these materials can be found on the website of Leiden University Library.

Biographical / Historical

Richard Roland Holst (1868-1938) was one of the graphic artists, connected to the idealist art movement, usually called 'Nieuwe Kunst' in Dutch. His art was based on the ideals of socialism and he himself was closely associated with the socialist movement. One important element in Roland Holst's work was the harmony of all the different manifestations of art: architecture, (glass and wall) paintings, fine arts, graphic arts. One of his patrons was the first Dutch trades union, the Algemeene Nederlandsche Diamantbewerkers Bond. Not only did he decorate their building in Amsterdam with wall paintings, he designed poster and picture-stamps and other graphic material for it as well. Most famous Roland Holst is probably for his posters, for the union, for theatre productions and for retrospective exhibitions.


100 items (circa)

Language of Materials


Abstract in Dutch

Grafiek, inclusief affiches en gebruiksgrafiek, van de grafisch ontwerper en prentmaker Richard N. Roland Holst (1868-1938), voor het grootste deel afkomstig uit twee schenkingen, een door de graficus Debora Duyvis in 1946 en een door de erven van de kunstenaar in 1954.

Abstract in English

Prints, including posters and bookplates, by the graphic designer and artist Richard N. Roland Holst (1868-1938), mostly originating from two donations, one by the graphic artists Debora Duyvis in 1946, and one by the artist’s heirs in 1954.

Physical Location

Leiden University Library, Special Collections

Other Finding Aids

All works have been recorded in Digital Collections.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

In 1946 the graphic artist Debora Duyvis (1886-1974), a close friend of the artist Roland Holst, donated a group of 27 bookplates and related material by Roland Holst to Leiden University. About a decade later, in 1954, a group of posters, prints and other graphic material was donated by the heirs of the artist. The material came from the Haarlem glass workshop of Willem Bogtman (1882-1955), where Roland Holst did several projects in the 1920s. Other items came into the collection at different moments. An interesting provenance is connected to the set of Brabant character heads, that was donated by Roland Holst to his life-long friend, the Dutch historian Johan Huizinga. His widow A. Blackburn-Schölvinck donated it to the Print Room in 1968.


No future additions are to be expected.

Related Materials

Leiden University Library holds many books with covers, designed by Roland Holst, in the so-called Nieuwe Kunst collection, that also includes some prints and posters.

Separated Materials

Important collections of prints by Richard Roland Holst can be found in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, including many colour proofs, but also drawings, paintings and letters. Letters are also being kept at the Letterkundig Museum (Museum for Literature) in The Hague.


  • Braches, E. Nieuwe Kunst. Toegepaste grafiek – Documentatie. Amsterdam 2006.
  • Rijnders, M. R.N. Roland Holst. Amsterdam 1992.


The material of this collection can be requested at the Special Collections Reading Room.

Processing Information

The prints have been integrated into the general collections of prints. Minor conservation acts have been carried out in 2007.

Collection guide of the Richard N. Roland Holst collection (1890-1938)
Collectie Richard N. Roland Holst
Jef Schaeps, 2012
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Beschrijving is in het Engels.

Repository Details

Part of the Leiden University Libraries Archives & Collections Repository

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