Although the castle is an accurate depiction of that at Warmond, north of Leiden, the church is either imaginary or from another town, perhaps inserted at the request of a patron. This combination of imagined and accurately painted buildings was typical of Beerstraten’s views. So also is the feeling of a cold crisp wintry atmosphere with brooding cloudy skies and frost outlined branches.


  • Title: Warmond Castle in a Winter Landscape
  • Creator: Jan Beerstraten
  • Date Created: 1661/1665
  • tag / style: Jan Beerstraten; landscape; castle; winter; Warmond; Leiden; church; ice skating; stormy; cloudy; cold; sledge; birds; frozen; river
  • Physical Dimensions: w1280 x h930 cm (Without frame)
  • Artist biographical information: Beerstraten lived in Amsterdam and specialised in wintry views of Dutch towns. He was one of the few 17th-century Dutch artists regularly to paint castles.
  • Additional artwork information: To find out more about Dutch Landscape painting at the Walker Art Gallery follow this link; http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/walker/collections/essays/dutchlandscape.asp
  • Type: Oil on canvas
  • Rights: Bequeathed by Mr K G Robinson in 1968

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