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Eva Vliegen, a woman who lived off the smell of flowers. Drawing after B. Flessiers.

  • Flessiers, Balthasar, -1626?
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1931i
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Physical description

1 drawing : pencil with pen and ink and grey wash ; sheet 18.7 x 12 cm

Lettering

The pourtrayture of Eva Fliegen the miraculous mayd that liued at Muers in Cleveland without food ætat 40 ...

Reference

Wellcome Library no. 1931i

References note

A.M. Hind, Engraving in England in the sixteenth & seventeenth centuries, part II: the reign of James I, Cambridge 1955, p. 372, no. 16 and pl. 229 (the English engraving)

Creator/production credits

The portrait (though not the surrounding strapwork) appears to be derived from a painting in Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder, Amsterdam (chapel and museum), attributed to Balthasar Flessiers I or II, dated 1614, as transmitted by an engraving by Andries Jacobsz. Stock, as subsequently copied in an English engraving by an anonymous engraver and with the strapwork border added. The English print was published in London in the reign of James I (1603-1625) successively by three different publishers (Sudbury and Humble; George Humble; and William Peak): Hind, loc. cit.

Lettering note

Lettering continues: "Twas I that pray'd I never might eate more (Cause my stepmother grutched me my food) Whether on flowers I feed: as I had slore: Or on a dew that every morning stood. Like honey on my lips full seaventeene years This a truth if you the truth will heare."

Reproduction note

Copied from an English engraving. The author of the drawing has mistranscribed some elements of the lettering from the engraving

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