The so called Boyne print was purchased by Mr. Michael Flannigan of Emer Galleries in Belfast. The painting by King William`s court artist Jan Wyck is one of four paintings mad during the Williamite wars, and of the Battle of the Boyne, and depicts King William III with the Duke of Schomberg on the evening before the fateful Battle. We have been kindly given the exclusive rights to the prints of the painting and have these on sale now, one of which measurer 24” by 24”, and the other being 36” by 34”. Prints come framed and ready to hang and with a Certificate of Authenticity, signed by Lord Laird of Artigarvan.Sales of these prints and other memorabilia sales will see the profits go to various Charities and also to support the work of the Foundation.
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The Boyne Print
As the son of a fairly successful artist, it is likely Wyck was painting and drawing from a young age. By the time William III of England ascended to the throne, Wyck was already enjoying the patronage of the Duke of Monmouth. He painted a portrait of Monmouth on horseback in the 1670s, as well as many depictions of him in battle, such as at the Siege of Maastricht in 1673, and at the Battle of Bothwell Bridge in 1679.
Wyck was placed upon the committee of Acting Painters of the Painter-Stainers' Company on 24 November 1680, which was a recognition of his rising talent. He first made a public name for himself when he accompanied fellow Dutch painter Dirk Maas to Ireland to paint the campaigns of William III. Maas had received a commission from King William to paint the Battle of the Boyne, and, although it is not known if he was also present at the battle, Wyck also painted many scenes from the battle. Throughout the 1690s, he is known to have created at least half a dozen oils of the battle, as well as countless battle pieces, encampments and equestrian portraits of soldiers before battle.
William was impressed with his work, and commissioned him to paint himself, which he did many times, often in equestrian poses. William had soon also called upon Wyck to depict countless scenes of his campaigns throughout the low countries during the Nine Years' War (also known as King William's War), including the Siege of Namur, and the Siege of Naarden.
Other scenes he painted include the Siege of Derry (1689), and the horse and battle portion of Godfrey Kneller's famous portrait of the Duke of Schomberg, who had been killed at the Battle of the Boyne. Wyck's works are notable for their flair and colour, as well as the excellent attention to detail. He highlights features such as flourishing sabres, firing muskets, flaring horses nostrils and cannons spouting flames. But most importantly he brought the viewer into the battle at a time when the prevailing trend was to present birds-eye views over a battle, showing disposition and locations of troop formations. He personalised the soldiers, and created an atmospheric presentation of the scenes depicted. He also celebrated notable commanders and recognisable figures within his works, a feature that made him popular with those commissioning works.