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Dutch sporting caricatures

  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Title (series)

    • Dutch sporting caricatures
  • Description

    Plate 6: A caricature on a riding school; a dwarf sitting on a rearing horse, three other dwarves onlooking and trying to hold on to the horse

  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1716 (c.)
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 173 millimetres
    • Width: 204 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered below image with Dutch verse, in three columns of four lines each: "Dit zijn de vrugten ... / ... kop te klouwen.". Numbered in lower right corner.
        Inscribed below plate-mark, in pencil: "Van Stolk n.11 [?]".
  • 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 comment see 1941,0327.34.

  • Bibliography

    • Le Blanc 24 bibliographic details
    • Wurzbach undescribed bibliographic details
  • Location


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  • Acquisition name

  • 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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