Aert van der Neer, Skating and Colf Playing on a Frozen River

Skating and Colf Playing on a Frozen River, by Aert van der Neer (1603 - Gorinchem 1677)

This painting shows numerous people (some fifty or sixty) skating or playing colf on a frozen river. On the banks of the river cottages, trees, windmills, and a few spectators can be seen. In the foreground is a group of boats.

Oil on canvas. 373 x 484 mm (estimate)

Brighton Museum, UK (FA000003 / 303). Given by Captain Haynes before 1900.

A related painting is recorded in Hofstede de Groot no. 483.


• Brighton Loan Exhibition, 1874

• Dutch Landscape Painting, Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne, 1983, cat. no. 54


• Rogers, D., Brighton Art Gallery and Museum: Catalogue of Paintings in Oil, before 1837, Brighton, 1964, pp. 34

• Wright, C., Dutch Landscape PaintingNewcastle upon Tyne, 1983, pp. 72, ill. p. 73

• Schulz, W., Aert van der Neer, Doornspijk, 2002, pp. 129.

Bron: Stichting NGA Early Golf, beeldcollectie Steven J.H. van Hengel, Do Smit