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Painting Title Interior of the Church of St Bavo, Haarlem
Collection York Art Gallery
Artist Attributed to Nickelen, Isaak (Dutch painter, active 1660, died 1703)
Date Earliest about 1690
Date Latest about 1699
Description This interior view of St Bavo's church, Haarlem, looking towards chancel from the north-east, is one of many views of the church painted by Nickelen. He was influenced in his work by Pieter Jansz. Saenredam, who was a famous for his distinctive paintings of church interiors, especially medieval churches stripped bare of their original decorations after the iconoclasm of the Protestant Reformation. St Bavo's (the Grote Kerk or St.-Bavokerk) is such a Protestant (formerly Catholic) gothic church located on the central market square in the Dutch city of Haarlem. The companion picture, showing the same interior from the north-west, used to be with YORAG : 812 in the Arthur Kay collection, but was later sold at Sotheby's (26 November, 1958, lot 68) to the Matthiesen Gallery, current location unknown.
Current Accession Number YORAG : 812
Subject interior (church); figure
Measurements 58.4 x 49.5 cm
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Given by F.D. Lycett Green through the National Art Collections Fund 1955.
Provenance Arthur Kay, Edinburgh as one of a pair; anonymous sale Berlin, 29 March 1927, lot 68; Christie, Manson & Woods, London, 28 June 1935, lot 129, purchased by Letts; Langton Douglas, from whom purchased by F.D. Lycett Green 1938.
Principal Exhibitions F.D. Lycett Green Gift, York City Art Gallery, 1955, no. 95.
Publications Foreign Schools 1350-1800, City of York Art Gallery, York, 1961, p. 59, pl. 63; Wright, C. and Robertson, A., Dutch Seventeenth Century Paintings from Yorkshire Public Collections, Leeds, 1982, p. 66; Green, R., York City Art Gallery. An Illustrated Guide, York 1991, p. 10; Oil Paintings in Public Ownership. North Yorkshire, London, 2006, p. 318.
Notes

Francis Denis Lycett Green (1893-1959) was a member of the wealthy industrial Green family from Wakefield that was among the great philanthropic benefactors of York. He began buying pictures during the 1920s, advised by some of the most famous art historians of the day. By the 1940s, he owned examples from almost every school and period of European Art a comprehensive collection of over 130 paintings dating back from the early 14th century to the end of the 18th century, representing every important European school of art. In 1952, he offered it to the National Gallery of South Africa, having moved to Cape Town in the hope that the climate would improve his health (which was poor because he was badly injured in the First World War). However when a dispute arose with the Cape Town Gallery, Francis withdrew his pictures in protest and shipped them back to England. The entire collection of 130 pictures was at first on loan to the York Art Gallery and in the spring of 1955 he decided to give it to the Gallery.

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

 

 

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