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The Castle in Pontefract is a ruin since 1644. Oliver Cromwell is guilty of destroying it. I wish I could prevent him of doing such a crime. The castle was an object of art on its own. An absolutely gorgeous 'mountain' of medieval fortified structure with its motte and keep, bridges and curtain walls. I wish to see it as it was in the 16th century!

Here I just painted it in the style of Alexander Keirincx (what a name!). He was a Flemish Baroque painter who received a commission from Charles I King of England, Scotland, and Ireland for ten paintings of noble houses.

The painting is double mounted and framed. The frame's colour is slightly stained antique gold. My certificate of authenticity will be included. The frame of the painting allows it to stand on its own or to be hanged on the wall (see the photo of the backside of the frame), and there is no glass in front of the painting. A glass-front is not needed because the painting is very well (three times) varnished.

This is a miniature painting, and its actual size may be much smaller than this one you see on your screen. I've coated the sturdy illustration board with thick (professional grade) acrylic paint. The painting is varnished to protect it from airborne pollutants and UV damage.

Materials used:

illustration board, professional grade acrylic paints, varnish

Pontefract Castle - Miniature of a Painting by Alexander Keirincx (2014)


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Ria Janta-Cooper

United Kingdom

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