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Painting Title Ripon Minster
Collection York Art Gallery
Artist Attributed to Cort, Hendrik Frans de (Flemish painter, 1742-1810)
Date Earliest about 1795
Date Latest about 1805

Ripon Minster is depicted as placed in an Italianate landscape, characteristic of de Cort's paintings, which were influenced by the style of Gaspard Dughet. It is a north-eastern view showing the eastern facade. The great Decorated east window was built around 1300 (the painting shows it before the Victorian restoration). Ripon Cathedral is a seat of the Bishop of Leeds and is dedicated to St Wilfrid who became Abbot of a Benedictine monastery here about 655 AD.

Hendrik Frans de Cort was a Flemish landscape painter and draughtsman. He was born in Antwerp and studied there under Henricus Josephus Antonissen and Willem Jacob Herreyns. Between 1776 and 1782 he worked in Paris. About 1790 he settled in London and remained in England for the rest of his life. De Cort is known for his topographical views of English and Welsh landscapes with buildings. He usually painted on specially prepared mahogany panels. He did not sign his works, but left many preparatory drawings and sketches. The attribution of YORAG : 1372 is not based on any historical sources, but the painting fits so well within the artist's oeuvre that this attribution is generally accepted.

Current Accession Number YORAG : 1372
Subject landscape; figure; animal (dog)
Measurements 61.3 x 92.5 cm
Material oil on panel (mahogany)
Acquisition Details Purchased from A. M. Collins, London, with the aid of the Victoria and Albert Museum and the National Art Collections Fund, 1981.
Provenance Mrs. Lumsden-Cook sale Sotheby's, London 21 March 1979, lot 130 as by Cuitt; Christie, Manson & Woods, London 23 November 1979, lot 89, as by Hendrick de Cort, purchased by A.M. Collins.
Principal Exhibitions Prospects of Town and Park, Colnaghi Gallery, London, 1988, no. 24.
Publications National Art Collections Fund 78th Annual Report 1981, 1981, pp. 64-65; Prospects of Town and Park - A Loan Exhibition of View Paintings to Mark the 85th Year of the National Art-Collections Fund, London, 1988, cat. 24, pp. 68-69; Oil Paintings in Public Ownership. North Yorkshire, London, 2006, p. 258.
Rights Owner York Museums Trust (York Art Gallery)
Author Dr Magdalena Łanuszka



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