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Saint Ursula
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Saint Ursula

Attributed to Caspar Fraisinger (op.1581-1599)

Formerly attributed to Philipp Uffenbach (1566-1636)

Pen and ink (Indian), watercolour on paper

Height: 29.2 cm; Width: 18.2 cm;

Titled & pen and ink (same), upper left and right (part of the design) & recto, S. (on left) URSULA (on right)

Manuscript in ink, upper centre margin & verso, Lugt 2576, CWiesböck / 454

Acquisition (source, method, date)
Witt, Robert Clermont (Sir); bequest; 1952

About this work
This lavish drawing celebrates Saint Ursula as a martyr. Depicted in prayer, holding a palm with the arrow that took her life piercing her chest, she is presented as a model of devotion. Curving strokes define the decorative features of the costume while long curls of hair encircle the saint. This interest in the calligraphic line can be traced back to earlier developments in German drawing, particularly in Bavaria where this draughtsman worked. (Permanent collection label)

Copyright: © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

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