Oil on canvas, signed lower right and dated 1879
Image size: 23 1/2 x 19 1/2 inches (59.5 x 49.5 cm)
Original frame

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Una is one of the main characters in the first book of Edmund Spenser’s The Faerie Queene. She is the personification of the “True Church”. Una travels with the Redcrosse Knight (who represents England), whom she has recruited to save her parents’ castle from a dragon. She also defeats Duessa, who represents the “false” (Catholic) church and the person of Mary, Queen of Scots, in a trial reminiscent of that which ended in Mary’s beheading. Una is also representative of Truth.

Richard Waller
Painter of landscape, genre and portraits. Waller was born in Birmingham, where he also studied. He exhibited widely, including at the Royal Academy between 1845 and 1868. His paintings were often reproduced in ‘The London Evening News’.