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Title Stirling in the Time of the Stuarts
Collection Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum, Stirling
Artist Attributed to school of Vorsterman, Johannes (Dutch painter, ca. 1643-after 1685)
Attributed to Wyck, Thomas (Dutch painter and printmaker, 1616-1677)
Date Earliest possibly about 1678
Date Latest possibly about 1685
Description This is the earliest view of Stirling, dating from the period Vosterman was topographical painter to Charles II. The town is seen from a hill in the foreground; the castle (left) shown as a royal residence, with the formal gardens of the King's Knot and stags in the hunting park below. The town with its distinctive angular outline dominates the port on the River Forth (right). Figures, wearing plaid, heading towards the gates, may have been painted by Thomas van Wyck. Vosterman is included on the left, sketching. This painting is one of two versions, the other being at Welbeck Abbey.
Current Accession Number STIGM:7841
Former Accession Number 202
Subject place (Stirling); figure
Measurements 54.4 x 105.5 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Given by John Shearer (date unknown)
Provenance Stirling of Auchyle, Herbertshire Castle; purchased by John Shearer 1899.
Publications Catalogue of Collections in the Picture Galleries and Museum of The Smith Institute Stirling, Stirling, 1934, p. 40; Crawford, H.J., Stirling Castle in Art, 1935, p. 9, cat. no. 202.
Rights Owner Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum
Author Dr Claudia Heide



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