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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1939,0627.6

  • Description

    St Amelia, Queen of Hungary; wearing a blue cloak and kneeling with three other figures before an altar, a decorative plant holder at left. 1821 Red and black chalk and graphite, with watercolour, heightened with gold

  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1821
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 428 millimetres
    • Width: 276 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Signed and dated
  • Curator's comments

    This composition was used in a stained-glass window commissioned by the Queen Marie-Amélie for the private chapel of the Orléans family in the Château d'Eu in Normandy. The composition was engraved in a print by Paul Mercuri after a lost Delaroche painting (BM Impressions: 1889,0318.2; 1864,0714.23.+; and 1868,0822.1033). Philip Mould and Bendor Grosvenor have recently rediscovered this lost painting formerly in the collection of Marie-Amélie and which she brought to England when she was exiled. The painting was later sold at Christie's, where it was acquired by Neil Wilson and it is currently in the possession of his widow in Scotland. The composition was probably derived from a medieval book of hours (see Stephen Bann, 'Parallel Lines', Yale 2001, p.133).

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  • Location

    Not on display (French Roy XIXc)

  • Exhibition history

    1996, BM, French Drawings from the BM, (no cat.)

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1939

  • Acquisition notes

    This item has an uncertain or incomplete provenance for the years 1933-45. The British Museum welcomes information and assistance in the investigation and clarification of the provenance of all works during that era.

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1939,0627.6

St Amelia, Queen of Hungary; wearing a blue cloak and kneeling with three other figures before an altar, a decorative plant holder at l. 1821 Red and black chalk and graphite, with watercolour, heightened with gold

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St Amelia, Queen of Hungary; wearing a blue cloak and kneeling with three other figures before an altar, a decorative plant holder at l. 1821 Red and black chalk and graphite, with watercolour, heightened with gold

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