Dordrecht is seen here from the north, across the river Maas. In the left background is the Groothoofdspoort, a watergate which still survives, although it was altered in the late 17th century. To the right of it is the the Grote Kerk which is largely unchanged today.

This painting perhaps derives from a view of Dordrecht in the background of a work by Aelbert Cuyp (Ascott, Buckinghamshire, National Trust) which was probably painted in the 1650s. Although the costumes in the painting are of the 1660s, the picture may have been executed later. Partly because of the parallels between the city views in this picture and in works by Cuyp, the painting has in the past been attributed to him.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1642 - 1722
Full title
Scene on the Ice outside Dordrecht
Date made
about 1665
Medium and support
Oil on oak
Dimensions
33.5 x 57.5 cm
Inscription summary
Signed
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1915
Inventory number
NG3024
Location in Gallery