About this artwork

Seton Palace in East Lothian was built for one of Mary, Queen of Scots's most loyal supporters, Lord Seton. It has been described as one of the greatest houses of the Scottish Renaissance. This painting is one of ten views commissioned by Charles I to commemorate his visit to Scotland in 1633. The Palace later fell into ruin and was eventually demolished in 1789 to make way for the construction of a new house, designed by Robert Adam.

  • title: Seton Palace and the Forth Estuary
  • accession number: PG 2696
  • artist: Alexander KeirincxFlemish (1600 - 1652)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Painting
  • subject: Palaces Rivers
  • date created: About 1639
  • measurements: 45.60 x 68.50 cm (framed: 60.50 x 83.30 x 9.10 cm)
  • credit line: Purchased 1986
  • photographer: Antonia Reeve

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.