A Horse being Shod outside a Village Smithy

This scene shows a horse (a white horse, characteristic of Wouwerman) being shod outside a village smithy. In the right foreground is a grinding stone.

This work is thought to have been painted early in Wouwerman's career, probably in the 1640s. Wouwerman was a very prolific artist who was not only popular in the 17th century, but whose works were also avidly collected in the 19th century.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1619 - 1668
Full title
A Horse being Shod outside a Village Smithy
Date made
probably 1640-50
Medium and support
Oil on oak
Dimensions
46.1 x 62.2 cm
Inscription summary
Signed
Acquisition credit
Salting Bequest, 1910
Inventory number
NG2554
Location in Gallery