Here, Danckerts has painted a view of Whitehall from the viewpoint of St James’s park, in or around 1760. In the foreground, King Charles II and his dogs are walking with a train of courtiers, including the Duke of York (easily identifiable in a hat). Charles II is striding along briskly ahead of the company, which was a habit of the king. It shows the lake, with deer grazing beside it, and the Palace of Whitehall in the distance.
Tate is pleased to offer custom prints of this artwork to accompany the British Baroque: Power and Illusion exhibition at Tate Britain. Custom prints of this artwork will be available to purchase until December 30th 2020. Due to the nature of the original artwork, we are only able to offer custom prints in size options up to 45 x 60 cm.
Whitehall from St James's Park
British Baroque: Power & Illusion
Original: Oil paint on canvas Private Collection
Hendrick Danckerts (c.1625 - 1680) was a Dutch Golden Age landscape painter and engraver, and the younger brother of the painter Johan Danckerts. He was born in The Hague, and worked there until he left for England and Italy in 1950. He was celebrated for his Italianate landscapes, and also painted portraits, devotional pictures, and made engravings of pieces from the Royal Collection. After the Popish Plot controversy an atmosphere of hostility toward Roman Catholics developed in England, and Danckerts left in 1679 to return to the Netherlands, sadly dying soon afterward in Amsterdam.