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Title Launceston Castle, Cornwall
Collection English Heritage (Launceston Castle)
Artist Cort, Hendrik Frans de (Flemish painter, 1742-1810)
Date Earliest possibly about 1770
Date Latest possibly about 1790
Description Originally from Antwerp, Hendrik Frans de Cort travelled around Britain painting topographical landscapes such as this one of Launceston Castle in Cornwall. The castle, having survived since the 1060s through various modifications and incursions, is shown as it was in the late eighteenth century. By that time it had outlived its functional purpose and the picturesque ruins and rustic setting formed a fashionably pastoral subject for the artist. He has clearly defined the location, however. The main towers and buildings of Launceston, for example, all protrude from behind, even where they would not normally have been visible from this viewpoint.
Current Accession Number 88281501
Subject landscape; buildings and gardens; place (Launceston Castle)
Measurements 86.5 x 118 cm.0 cm (estimate)
Material oil; graphite on paper (laid on panel)
Acquisition Details Purchased through Sotheby's, London, 22 March 2000, lot 8.
Provenance Wingfield family, Sherbourne.
Publications Saunders, A. D., Launceston Castle, Cornwall, London, 2005, p. 19
Notes The view was taken from St Catherine's Hill. The defended bridge and moat in the middle ground were mostly destroyed in the building of St Thomas Road in 1834.
Rights Owner English Heritage Photo Library
Author Dr Anne L. Cowe



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