Castle painting to be restored

A painting of Pontefract castle by artist Alexander Keirincx, dating around the mid 17th century (1600's) is being removed from Pontefract museum and restored, before taking part in a Civil War exhibition to be held at The Hepworth, Wakefield.'Pictured with the painting is Cllr Les Shaw.'p318a448
A painting of Pontefract castle by artist Alexander Keirincx, dating around the mid 17th century (1600's) is being removed from Pontefract museum and restored, before taking part in a Civil War exhibition to be held at The Hepworth, Wakefield.'Pictured with the painting is Cllr Les Shaw.'p318a448

An early 17th century painting of Pontefract Castle will be restored before forming part of a new exhibition on the Civil War.

Artist Alexander Keirincx’s painting has been temporarily taken off display at Pontefract Museum and will undergo specialist conservation treatment.

The painting, which has been in Wakefield Council’s art collection for 50 years, will go on display at The Hepworth Wakefield from January 24.

It will be part of a display celebrating the heritage of the Wakefield district.

It will then be returned to Pontefract Museum next spring for a new Arts Council England funded exhibition exploring the Civil War in Yorkshire.

Coun Les Shaw, Wakefield Council’s cabinet member for culture, leisure and tourism, said: “This is one of the most popular and well-loved paintings in the museum and the restoration work will ensure it can be enjoyed by people now and by future generations.”

Keirincx’s painting depicts Pontefract Castle before it was demolished by order of Parliament in 1649.

According to the National Gallery, the painting is the best example of a painting of a British castle in existence.

The new Civil War exhibition at Pontefract Museum will start in April and also feature artefacts from the battle.

For more information visit www.wakefield.gov.uk