ST. ROBERT SOUTHWELL
DRAWING by DANIEL MITSUI
St. Robert Southwell was an English Catholic priest during the persecutions of Queen Elizabeth I. He was arrested and imprisoned in 1592, tortured and convicted of high treason. In 1595, he was hanged at Tyburn.
He was an accomplished poet. In my drawing, I included a quatrain from his work Life is But Losse, reflecting on martyrdom:
Who would not die to kill all murdringe greives?
Or who would live in never-dyinge feares?
Who would not wish his treasure safe from theeves,
And quite his hart from pangues, his eyes from teares?
In reference to his death, I drew a rope around his halo, and the Tyburn gallows in the background.
Medium: Drawing, black ink on handmade laid paper
Dimensions: 4 1/2" × 6"
The original drawing was made on private commission.
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