Winter in Holland
  • Date: 1843
  • Object Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil on oak panel
  • Image size: 46.9 x 63 cm
  • Inv: P573
  • Location: Housekeeper's Room
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Further Reading
  • At first a gilder and frame-maker in his father’s shop, he became a pupil of the decorative painter Joannes Breckenheijmer and began to exhibit landscapes in 1815. His pictures were deeply indebted to the example of seventeenth-century Dutch art. But he was also influenced by the fresh, lively style of contemporary English and French landscape painting which he discovered during a trip to Paris in 1830. He enjoyed a European reputation, particularly for his winter landscapes. He had many pupils, including Johann Barthold Jongkind. This is one of countless nineteenth-century paintings evoking the art of the seventeenth century - popular because of its decorative qualities and often, for painters from the Low Countries, for its nationalist appeal. The subject of the Wallace Collection's painting recalls seventeenth-century prototypes (cf. Aert van der Neer, 'A Skating Scene', P217, and Isack van Ostade, 'P73).