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The 'Klosbaan'; peasants playing gallet or shuffleboard outside an inn; others seated drinking, in the centre foreground a man smoking on a bench, two children nearby, and clothes drying on the grass beyond. 1677
Pen and brown ink and watercolour, with bodycolour
- Production date
Height: 258 millimetres
Width: 381 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- The game is called 'sjoelen' in Dutch and the aim is to obtain the highest score by sliding 30 wooden discs (pucks) towards the back of the two-metre long board ('bak') in an attempt to make them enter the four 'gates' at the end which are numbered (2-3-4-1), adding up the score.
An indented version of this drawing is in the Rijksprentenkabinet, Amsterdam, inv.no.RP-T-1886-A-621 (pen and brown ink with wash). A painting of the same subject ('The Courtyard of an Inn with a Game of Shuffleboard') is in the Wellington Museum, at Apsley House in London. Drawn copies are in the Teyler Museum, Haarlem, inv.no.P72 (possibly by Jan de Groot) and in the British Museum, see 1895,0915.1235. Another copy dated around 1720 (pen and black ink with grey wash, 248 by 388mm) was on sale in Heidelberg, Germany (Winterberg Auktion 84, 12.v.2012, lot 109).
Literature: Michiel C. Plomp, 'The Dutch Drawings in the Teyler Museum', cat.no.291.
The 1995 Ostade Exhibition label text:
This is perhaps the most celebrated of all van Ostade's watercolours. An oil painting of the subject, also signed and dated 1677, is at Apsley House, London. A pen and ink drawing of the composition in Amsterdam, in which the lines have been indented for transfer, possibly formed the basis of the London drawing. It is uncertain whether the watercolour preceded or postdated the painting, although it does contain a few minor differences or 'pentimenti'.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1984, BM, Master Drawings & Watercolours, no. 109
1995 Jan-Apr, BM, Ostade (no cat.)
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- The most expensive item in the De Vos sale in 1833
- Prints and Drawings
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