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Whatever this turns out to be, it is its presence here, along with the wayside Cross in the centre of the painting and the fact that the kings are on horseback that convinces me that this was not painted by an English artist. In particular, I have not yet seen a wayside Cross or Calvary in an English painting of the subject, and I doubt if there are any, but this detail is so common in French versions as to be normal.
There is nothing inherently unlikely in the idea that an artist from France or the Low Countries came to paint at Belton - Hermann Scheere, the great Flemish miniaturist, worked in England in the early 15th century. And if I am right, did our Continental painter also work at Gisleham, only a few miles away?
|Alton, Staffordshire||Belchamp Walter, Essex||Belton, Suffolk||Charlwood, Surrey||Flamstead, Herts||Haddiscoe, Norfolk|
|Heydon, Norfolk||Lutterworth, Leicestershire NEW||Paston, Norfolk||Peakirk, Northants||Pickworth, Lincs||Raunds, Northants|
|Seething, Norfolk||Slapton, Northants||Swalcliffe, Oxfordshire||Tarrant Crawford, Dorset||Wensley, N. Yorks||Wickhampton, Norfolk|
© Anne Marshall 2001