Sir Anthony Van Dyck (1599–1641)
View of Rye from the Northeast, 27 August 1633
Pen and brown ink on paper
Signed, dated, and inscribed by the artist, at lower right, in brown ink, Rie del naturale li 27 d' Augto 1633–Aovand[yck]; inscribed above in Jan van Rymsdyk's hand, in brown ink, Rymsdyk's Museum.
7 15/16 x 11 9/16 inches (201 x 294 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan, 1910; III, 178
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One of the most celebrated portraitists in Northern art, van Dyck is less well known for his plein-air studies, which are some of the earliest known topographical views of architecture in Britain. In this view of Rye, a town on the Sussex coast, several important historic buildings can be identified, including the Romanesque church of St. Mary at the town's highest point and Ypres Tower, the remains of Rye castle, at the far left.
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