Jacob Knyff, topographical landscape painter, was baptised in Haarlem on 1 January 1640. He was the elder brother of the artist Leonard Knyff, who is well known for his engravings of country houses. Jacob Knyff was one of the first artists in Britain to paint houses from a bird’s eye view, on his arrival in the country in 1673.
Sold though Christie's, London, 'Important English Pictures' sale, on 24 November 1978 (Lot 11), as 'A View of Windsor Castle from the River Thames with Sailing Barges and Fishermen' by H. Danckerts; from which sale purchased by the Department of the Environment
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