Saints Augustine and Monica

The subject is taken from Saint Augustine's 'Confessions' (Book 9), and depicts Saint Augustine and his mother Saint Monica discussing the Kingdom of Heaven. Shortly afterwards Saint Monica died.

This is one of several replicas of Scheffer's most popular picture. The original, finished about 1845, showed the painter's own mother as the model for Saint Monica. In this version the model is said to have been Mrs Hollond, whose portrait by Scheffer ('Mrs Robert Hollond') is also in the Collection.

Key facts

Artist dates
1795 - 1858
Full title
Saints Augustine and Monica
Date made
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
135.2 x 104.8 cm
Inscription summary
Signed; Dated
Acquisition credit
Bequeathed by Robert Hollond, with a life-interest to his widow; entered the Collection, 1885
Inventory number
Location in Gallery