In the 17th century, the bleaching of linen was one of the main industries of Haarlem, whose bleaching grounds were considered to be the best in Europe. Here the long lengths of fabric can be seen spread on the ground.

This landscape was probably painted in the late 1640s before van Ruisdael left his native Haarlem for Amsterdam.

Key facts

Artist dates
1628/9? - 1682
Full title
A Bleaching Ground in a Hollow by a Cottage
Date made
probably 1645-50
Medium and support
Oil on oak
52.5 x 67.8 cm
Inscription summary
Acquisition credit
Bequeathed by Sir John May, 1854
Inventory number
Location in Gallery