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Dutch sporting caricatures

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  • Title (series)

    • Dutch sporting caricatures
  • Description

    Plate 1: A caricature on a riding school; four dwarves, one mounting a horse on a ladder held by another, two dwarves holding a whip, stables in left background

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  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1716 (c.)
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 172 millimetres
    • Width: 202 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered below image with Dutch verse, in three columns of four lines each: "Daar steigt de jongen ... / ... op een Olifant.". Numbered in lower right corner. Numbered below inscription: "N.77".
  • Curator's comments

    This is one from a series of sixteen etchings by Adriaen van der Laan, depicting caricatures of dwarves engaged in equestrian activities, for a complete set see 1941,0327.34-49. The impressions are pasted on sheets bound in a vellum album. The plates are lettered with Dutch verses below the image bound in a volume.
    The figures in this series derive from a type called the 'Gobbi', for comment on this type see 1938,0617.12.1.


  • Bibliography

    • Le Blanc 24 bibliographic details
    • Wurzbach undescribed bibliographic details
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  • Acquisition date


  • Acquisition notes

    Schwerdt's ex-libris is pasted in the front cover of the album.

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number



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