Alexander Keirincx
Distant View of York 1639

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Alexander Keirincx 1600–1652
Distant View of York
Date 1639
Medium Oil paint on oak
Dimensions Support: 529 x 687 mm
frame: 700 x 855 x 60 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1986
On display at Tate Britain
Room: 1540

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This view of York was commissioned by Charles I as part of a group of ten paintings of towns and castles in the north of England and Scotland. It is dominated by the west front of York Minster. As the political situation deteriorated in the run-up to the Civil War, Charles I travelled north to confront hostile Scottish rebels at Berwick in May 1639. The artist may have accompanied him on this expedition. Keirincx was born and trained in Antwerp, later moving to Utrecht. He worked in Britain from 1638 to 1641, living in Orchard Street in Westminster.

February 2016

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