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Interior in an Inn, called "The Skaters" (De Schaatsenrijder)

A work made of etching and engraving on cream laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of etching and engraving on cream laid paper.


c. 1655


Cornelis Visscher (Dutch, c. 1629-1658)
after Adriaen van Ostade (Dutch, 1610-1685)

About this artwork

Throughout his career, the Dutch painter Adriaen van Ostade depicted rustic genre scenes of peasants enjoying village pleasures; these had a major influence on the subject matter of Dutch art both during and after the 17th century. Cornelis Visscher’s work echoes the liveliness and warmth of Van Ostade’s, showing a merry group of peasants gathering in an interior to talk and enjoy a smoke. The small pair of skates on the floor in the center of the foreground indicates that the group may have returned from an afternoon of ice-skating, a popular leisure activity during the period.


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Prints and Drawings


Cornelis Visscher


Interior in an Inn, called "The Skaters" (De Schaatsenrijder)


Holland (Artist's nationality:)

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Artist's working dates 1649–1658


Etching and engraving on cream laid paper


Image: 42.7 × 34.5 cm (16 13/16 × 13 5/8 in.); Plate: 43.6 × 35.2 cm (17 3/16 × 13 7/8 in.); Sheet: 45.6 × 37.1 cm (18 × 14 5/8 in.)

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Gift of Horace S. Oakley

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