Kampen, Overijssel, Netherlands
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A drawing of a sleigh decorated with hangings, and drawn by a caparisoned horse with plumes. In the sleigh two elegantly dressed ladies are seated, masked against the cold weather; the gentleman, seen from the back, is seated at the back driving the sleigh, with a whip in his right hand. Another figure, seen from the back, skates beside the sleigh.
Hendrik Avercamp probably trained in Amsterdam. He made numerous drawings of figures enjoying skating and sleigh-riding on icy lakes and rivers. These were often highly coloured, like this example, and may have been intended as finished pieces for sale to collectors. The remainder of his drawings served as a vocabulary of human behaviour as for the most part seen in the provincial town of Kampen. RCIN 906465-906513 amount to nearly one third of Avercamp's known drawings and represent the largest holding in one collection. They have certainly been in the Royal Collection since the late 18th century.
Descriptive Medium: 'Pencil, pen and ink and wash, watercolour', 'pencil, pen and ink, brown wash', 'drawing, watercolour painting'