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St Catherine standing in front of an architectural niche, a town square with a fountain and hills in the background. c.1510
Pen and black and brown ink with grey wash and blue bodycolour, heightened with white on brown prepared paper
- Production date
- 1520 (circa)
Height: 252 millimetres
Width: 155 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Lit: R. Schilling (ed) 'Die von Edmund Schilling gesammelten Zeichnungen', published privately, Edgware, 1982, p.39, no.12; J. Rowlands 'German Drawings from a private collection', exh.cat London and Nuremberg, 1984, p.36, no.33; J. Rowlands, BM Age of Dürer and Holbein, 1988, no.151; G.Messling, 'Der Augsburger Maler und Zeichner Leonhard Beck und sein Umkreis', Dresden 2006, p.316, fn.41, p. 351, no.C6
Schilling's tentative attribution of this drawing to Beck was made on the basis of a general similarity with his work, such as the background landscape of his drawing of 'St George and the Dragon' in Stockholm (Nationalmuseum; see P. Bjurstrom, 'German Drawings in Swedish Public Collections' 1972, no.10) and the architectural setting which certainly suggests a knowledge of Beck's woodcut series of the Habusburg saints. The attribution to Beck was supported by Rowlands, who compared the figure specifically with Sts Kunigunda and Ursula from the Habsburg series of saints (New Hollstein 61 and 109). The treatment of the saint, however, with its heavy folds of drapery and very large sleeves, as well as the finely detailed heightened areas is not characteristic of Beck. The drawing could be by a Swiss artist, or as Tilman Falk has indicated, an artist from the Tyrol (see Messling).
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1984 Feb-Sept, London, Washington and Nuremberg, German Drawings, no.33
1988 July - Oct. BM Age of Dürer and Holbein, no.151
1997-8 Sept-Jan BM Schilling
2001 May - Sept, BM Recent Acquisitions 1996 - 2001
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- In 1997, the Museum acquired on the death of Mrs Rosi Schilling the majority of a collection of mostly northern Old Master drawings assembled by her late husband the curator and later drawings dealer and adviser, Edmund Schilling (1888-1974). Schilling was born in Germany and came to Britain in 1937 after the rise of the Nazis. He was prominent as a specialist in German Old Master drawings and his widow’s bequest in his memory was predominantly made up of studies that he had collected in this field. Given its importance, the Museum accepted the bequest for public benefit in good faith, and has afterwards researched its history, insofar as it has been able. There remain however many works in the bequest with uncertain or incomplete provenance for the years 1933-45 and the Museum welcomes information and assistance in the investigation and clarification of the provenance of these works during that era.
Inscribed in Mrs Schilling's hand: "Geschenk/ von Otto Manley / Scarsdale"
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