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Painting Title Battle Scene
Collection York Art Gallery
Artist Attributed to Courtois, Jacques (French painter and printmaker, 1621-1676, active in Italy)
Previously attributed to style of Courtois, Jacques (French painter and printmaker, 1621-1676, active in Italy)
Date Earliest possibly 1639
Date Latest about 1670
Description Horsemen are grouped across the foreground, with buildings on the extreme right, overlooking further horsemen scattered on the plain in the distance. Jacques Courtois (also called 'il Borgognone' or Giacomo Borgognone) was a specialist in battle paintings; he also painted religious and other scenes. He worked primarily in Italy. Before establishing his career as a painter he spent three years in French military service, having joined in Milan in 1636. This is one of a pair with another battle scene by Courtois (YORAG : 51).
Current Accession Number YORAG : 50
Subject military; figure; landscape; animal (horse)
Measurements 74.2 x 119.3 cm
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Given by J.B. Morrell 1949.
Provenance Brookshank, Healaugh Manor sale, 15 April 1944, purchased by J. B. Morrell.
Publications PREVIEW. City of York Art Gallery Quarterly, 11, July 1950, vol. III, p. 128; York Art Gallery Catalogue - Catalogue of Paintings, Vol. I: Foreign Schools 1350-1800, City of York Art Gallery, York, 1961, p. 102 as in style of Jacques Courtois; Wright, C., Masterpieces of Reality: French 17th Century Painting, Leicester, 1985, p. 101 as likely to be by Courtois; Oil Paintings in Public Ownership. North Yorkshire, London, 2006, p. 259 as by Courtois.

John Bowes Morrell (1873-1963) was a member of York City Council, and twice Lord Mayor; as Chairman of the Art Gallery Committee he played a major role in the establishment of the Castle Museum. He campaigned for the foundation of the University of York. He gave his collection of various paintings, drawings and prints to the Art Gallery in York.

Rights Owner York Museums Trust (York Art Gallery)
Author Dr Magdalena Łanuszka



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