About this artwork

Originally a castle of the MacDuff family, Falkland became a royal residence during the reign of James II (1430-1460). James V (1512-1542) was responsible for turning it into an elegant Renaissance palace, adding a tennis court in 1539. His daughter Mary, Queen of Scots (1542-1587) liked to retreat to Falkland from the pressures of life in Edinburgh. This view was painted around 1639 at the request of Charles I. It is one of the first realistic depictions of the Scottish countryside.

Alexander Keirincx

Alexander Keirincx

A native of Antwerp, Alexander Keirincx spent most of his mature years in Amsterdam. He was a painter of landscapes, specialising in topographical views. He visited England in 1639 to 40 and worked from a studio in Westminster, London. During this visit he executed a series of ten views of northern English and Scottish towns and palaces for Charles I, probably to record the king's visit to Scotland in 1639. The surviving paintings are amongst the earliest accurate representations of Scottish landscape.