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A Scene on the Ice near Dordrecht

Photo credit: The National Gallery, London

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Barely a third of van Goyen’s painting of life on the ice in seventeenth-century Dordrecht shows people; the rest is sky. But he still manages to pack the picture full of incident and humour. Some people squeeze into horse-drawn sledges, while others zoom across the ice or stand and chat. Some play kolf, the forerunner of golf – or miss their shot and fall over, watched by an unhelpful dog.

The National Gallery, London

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Title

A Scene on the Ice near Dordrecht

Date

1642

Medium

Oil on canvas

Measurements

H 117.5 x W 151 cm

Accession number

NG1327

Acquisition method

Bought (Lewis Fund), 1891

Work type

Painting

The National Gallery, London

Trafalgar Square, London, Greater London WC2N 5DN England

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