Mezzotint, sheet 125 x 90mm. 5 x 3½". Trimmed to plate.
Saint Barbara, known in the Eastern Orthodox Church as the Great Martyr Barbara (3rd century - December 4, 306), was a Christian saint and martyr. Although there is no reference to her in the authentic early Christian writings, nor in the original recension of Saint Jerome's martyrology, veneration of her was common from the seventh century. Supposedly shut in a tower by her father Dioscurus in order to discourage suitors, she was eventually executed by his sword. Because of doubts about the historicity of her legend, she was removed from the official Catholic calendar in 1969. However, she continues to be a popular saint in modern times, perhaps best known as the patron saint of artillerymen, military engineers, miners and others who work with explosives because of her legend's association with lightning. Published by Thomas Bakewell (1670 - 1764; fl.). Very rare.
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