Historic painting of Pontefract Castle to be restored

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AN early 17th century painting of Pontefract Castle is set to ahead of a new Civil War exhibition.

Artist Alexander Keirincx’s painting is being 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 unique heritage of Wakefield and the wider region.

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

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.

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. The restoration work will ensure it can be enjoyed by people now and by future generations.”