Edwin Henry Landseer (1803-73): The Free Kirk, 1849, Oil on

Edwin Henry Landseer (1803-73): The Free Kirk, 1849, Oil on

11/9/2021, 11:48:22 AM
Edwin Henry Landseer (1803-73): The Free Kirk, 1849, Oil on canvas 91.4 x 71.7 cm, Royal Collection Trust, UK Some interiors this time. The first one is by an English painter, Edwin Landseer, well known for his paintings of animals, particularly horses, dogs and stags. The scene depicted in this painting illustrates the simple, often outdoor, worship that was typical of the Free Church. The Free Church of Scotland was formed in 1843 when 450 ministers broke away from the established Church of Scotland in protest over the right of a wealthy patron to install a minister of his or her choice in a parish. This was seen as an infringement of the spiritual independence of the church. They then had to run a national church from scratch, without buildings or finance. In 'The Free Kirk', an old couple are shown with their three dogs, one of whom is said to be the artist’s dog, Lassie. A plaid, bonnet and bible are in the foreground. At the back of the painting is a younger couple with a child. (Royalcollection)

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