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Saint Elizabeth of Hungary gives alms to a beggar, stained glass oval panel, school of Jan de Caumont, after Jan Wierix, Netherlandish, 17th century

Clear glass with brown paint and yellow stain. Blue and red enamel

Height: 235 mm
Width: 198mm

Museum number: SG114

Curatorial note

The crowned Saint stands in a verdant landscape with a church to the right. She holds an open book on which rest two crowns and with her right hand she drops a coin marked with a cross into a lame man’s bowl. Sitting cross-legged to her left, the beggar extends his right arm in a gesture of thanks. Saint Elizabeth entered the Franciscan order after the death of her husband, and her three crowns may symbolise her three states of virgin, wife and widow. The scene in SG127 Saint Elizabeth of Hungary being converted?, probably represents her entering the order.

The panel is after an engraving by Jan Wierix. The glass painter has added a tree to left and right to widen the composition and some detail in front of and around the church has been omitted. Some elements of style, such as the elegance of the drapery have been lost in the copying.

Another variant is at St Peter's, Nowton (Suffolk), in which the painting of the church is closer to that of the print but the lame man’s stick has been moved. Cole attributes that example to Jan de Caumont or his school of glass painters at Leuven (Louvain), and this panel also is consistent in style with Caumont. See SG127 for another example of Caumont's style.

Literature

P. V. Maes, ’Oud Leuvens Brandglass in Engeland’, Arca Lovaniensis 1 (1972):189-201
Marie Mauquoy-Hendrickx, Les Estampes de Wierix. Brussels: Bibliothèque royale Albert 1er, 1979, 1121
William Cole, A Catalogue of Netherlandish and North European Roundels in Britain. Oxford: OUP for The British Academy, 1993, 1269, 1358
Catalogue of the Stained Glass in Sir John Soane's Museum, Special Issue of the Journal of Stained Glass 2004, p. 151


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