Heinrich Max Krause

Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland

Heinrich Max Krause

Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland

This late 19th-century oil painting by German artist Heinrich Max Krause (1861-1931) depicts the historic Bamburgh Castle in Northumberland gently lit by a setting sun. The imposing sight of this towering fortress would’ve captured the Victorian imagination.

Heinrich Max Krause was predominantly known for his atmospheric landscapes and coastal scenes, which often depict views from the North of England and Scotland. He was taught by his father, the landscape painter, Franz Emil Krause, who probably studied at the Berlin Academy. He worked under various pseudonyms including Max Sinclair and it appears that the landscapes he produced in this name were for the art dealer, George Wilson. His relationship with Wilson began in around 1880.

His works are held in several public collections including the National Library of Wales.

Signed ‘M Sinclair’ in the lower left and held within a gilt frame.

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Medium: Oil on canvas
Overall size: 38½” x 29” / 98cm x 73cm
Year of creation: c. 1890
Labels & Inscriptions: Inscribed on reverse. The inscription and plaque incorrectly place the castle in Yorkshire rather than Northumberland.
Provenance: Marine Pictures and Works of Art, Bonhams, London, 10 August 1989 / Private collection, England.
Condition: Assessed and approved by our conservator. Cleaned. Fine craquelure, as you would expect. The paint layer is stable. Frame with some minor age-related wear.

Conservation & History

We care profoundly about our role as custodians and every piece in the collection has been assessed by our conservator. When required, we undertake professional restoration carefully using reversible techniques and adopt a light touch to retain the aged charm of each work. We also restore frames rather than replace them as many are original and selected by the artists themselves.

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