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Barbara Urselin (active 17th century), Bearded lady

Sitter in 2 portraits
Born in Germany, Barbara Urselin was afflicted by soft curly blonde hair all over her body. She was thought to have been exhibited from an early age. She was married to John Michael Van Beck who was an earlyday showman. It is often regarded that he married her to secure her earnings.

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D29221

Barbara Urselin

after Unknown artist, published by William Richardson
line engraving, late 18th to early 19th century
NPG D29221

D29222

Barbara Urselin

by G. Scott
stipple engraving, late 18th to early 19th century
NPG D29222