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Drawing - An Incident in the Life of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary - Compositional Study

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1929P38
Collection:Fine Art Prints and Drawings
Date:1850 - 1850

Maker Information

Artist:James Collinson - View biography for James Collinson


A study for the painting illustrating Charles Kingsley's play 'The Saint's Tragedy' of 1848 and now in the Johannesburg Art Gallery (1851). The incident, depicted while Mass is taking place, refers to an act of humility as St Elizabeth removes her crown before a crucifix.

Collinson was a member of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood from 1848 until 1850, when he resigned after converting to Roman Catholicism. He then entered the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) at Hodder Place near Stonyhurst in Lancashire, but left in 1854 to resume his career as a painter. This scene, as described by Colin Cruise, ' can be seen as an extreme version of the kind of Catholic imagery, that led to accusations of Pre-Raphaelitism as 'popish'.

Purchased through the Christina Feeney Bequest Fund, 1929.

Further Information

Production Period:19th century
Medium:Pen and ink over traces of pencil within brown ink border, on paper.

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Height:400 mm
Width:546 mm