Culzean Castle & Country Park
This rambling, wildlife-rich 605-acre estate was once home to David Kennedy, the 10th Earl of Cassillis – a bachelor with ambitious plans to demonstrate his wealth and status to all. The castle is perched magnificently on the Ayrshire cliffs, and incorporates everything an earl could wish for in a country home: from its bold scale and rugged battlements to its tiny turrets and fine window frames. It was created between 1777 and 1792 by famed Scottish architect Robert Adam on the site of an old stone tower house. Sadly, neither Adam nor Kennedy lived to see their vision completed.
For the past year and a half, curators and educators have been reworking the displays at Culzean, with a goal of providing a sense of the people who lived at Culzean. This work has focused on the family’s private rooms, personal belongings, and stories. The Trust also aims to raise the overall condition of the collection by carrying out conservation treatments and repairs to many items of furniture.
Conservation of Turkish Battlescene, possibly the Battle of Kosovo, attributed to Johannes Lingelbach
This impressive 17th-century Turkish battle scene is attributed to Dutch Golden Age painter Johannes Lingelbach (1622-1674). Based in Amsterdam, Lingelbach was associated with the second generation of Bamboccianti, a group of genre painters of Netherlandish origin who were based in Rome. The painting was possibly acquired in the early 19th century after the upheavals of the Napoleonic Wars broke up many established continental collections.
The scene is unidentified, but may depict the death of Sultan Murad I during the Battle of Kosovo (1389), the only Turkish sultan killed in combat. If so, this defeat was an apt subject for depiction in the 17th century. A period that saw continuing conflict with the Turks, culminating in their defeat in the battle of Vienna (1689).
This is a forceful scene of a very high quality, an exceptional example of conflict as depicted during the Dutch Golden Age. But the large-scale painting, measuring approximately 5 x 6.5 feet, requires considerable conservation and a new gilt frame before it can return to Culzean Castle, where it once hung in Lady Aisla’s bedroom.
Project Cost: $15,000