The view is probably a fantasy composed of elements of different buildings seen by the artist in Germany and Holland. The architecture of the church is typical of the 16th-century style of churches around Cologne and Braunschweig, and also in Franconia, while the building on the left seems more Dutch in character.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1637 - 1712
Full title
A Square before a Church
Date made
1678
Medium and support
Oil on oak
Dimensions
21.8 x 28.9 cm
Inscription summary
Signed; Dated
Acquisition credit
Bequeathed by Sir James Morse Carmichael, Bt, 1902
Inventory number
NG1915
Location in Gallery