(Haarlem 1644 – Mortlake 1702)
A cavalry battle below a fortress
Signed lower right
Oil on canvas, 84.6 x 99.7 cm
Private collection, the Netherlands
Dutch painter Jan Wyck came from a family of painters and draftsmen and was a son of the painter Thomas Wyck who was also his teacher. Jan Wyck was most part of his career active in England, where he created a furore with (equestrian) portraits, landscapes, hunting scenes, military scenes such as battles and images of historical figures. In an era when French artists dominated the genre, the arrival of Wyck and other Dutch and Flemish artists in Great Britain from 1660 onwards provided the catalyst for the development of military and naval art in Britain.