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Jacob van Ruisdael: 'A Bleaching Ground in a Hollow by a Cottage'

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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.

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