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Early Etching Marriage King Malcolm St Margaret by Alexander Runciman - c. 1820, Scotland
Antique etching depicting the marriage of medieval Scottish King Malcolm III and a young St Margaret inside a Gothic chapel with a bishop standing between them. King Malcolm is placing the wedding ring on Margaret's finger while she bows her head. Shakespeare based his Macbeth character Malcolm on the historical king. Queen Margaret of Scotland was an English princess born in exile in Hungary. She was a pious woman known for her charitable works and, in 1250, was canonized by Pope Innocent IV. The etching is signed on the lower left with the monogram AR pinxit & fecit. Alexander Runciman (1736 - 1785) was an 18th Century Scottish landscape painter who, after a trip to Italy, focused on historical subjects. Sir James Clerk commissioned Runciman to paint the ceilings of the grand hall of Penicuik House, south of Edinburgh, with four images of the life of St. Margaret: her arrival in Scotland, her marriage to King Malcolm, Margaret feeding the poor, and her ascension into heaven. The paintings were completed in 1772 but were lost in a fire that gutted the property in 1899, only related drawings and etchings survive. Alexander Runciman's etching Marriage of King Malcolm and St Margaret is part of the collection of major museums such as The British Museum in London, the Metropolitan Museum in New York City, and the de Young Museum in San Francisco. It comes matted and framed, ready to display. In very good used condition, trimmed on the image as shown. Shipped fully insured with tracking number.
Measurements: Frame: 21 3/4" by 17 3/4"; Visible Image: 8.75" by 6.75" (22.2 cm by 17 cm) approximately.
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