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Title The Embarkation of St Ursula.
Collection Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead
Artist After Lorrain, Claude (French painter and draftsman, 1604-1682, active in Italy)
Date Earliest possibly about 1800
Date Latest possibly about 1900
Description This nineteenth-century painting is loosely based on Claude Lorrain's Embarkation of St Ursula (1641, National Gallery, London, NG30). It is a selective copy, and departs most from the original at the left of the painting, where a large tempietto type building and towered Renaissance palace have been replaced by trees, and a quay with a beacon. The procession has also been omitted. Discrepancies, noticeable particularly in the shapes of the boats, possibly indicate that the copyist was working from a small scale image. According to legend, Saint Ursula was a British princess who made a pilgrimmage to Rome with 11,000 virgin companions. When she returned with them to Cologne, they were all martyred.
Current Accession Number TWCMS:G1173
Former Accession Number SAG 473
Subject landscape; townscape; buildings and gardens; figure; religion (St Ursula); marine
Measurements 120.5 x 128.3 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by J. A. D. Shipley, 1909.
Publications Catalogue of the Shipley Collection, 1917, no. 473, as Ancient Italian Seaport; Catalogue of the Shipley Collection, 1921, no. 473, as Ancient Italian Seaport; Catalogue of the Shipley Collection, 1951, no. 473 as Ancient Italian Seaport.
Rights Owner The Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead (Tyne and Wear Museums)
Author Elizabeth van der Beugel



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