A Road winding past Cottages

The composition of this picture is characteristic of Hobbema's landscapes: a forest scene with a view towards a clearing in the middle distance illuminated by strong sunlight, a picturesque farm building and prominent figures. It was probably painted at about the same time as Hobbema's 'Woody Landscape with a Lady and a Gentleman on Horseback' of 1667 (Cambridge, Fitzwilliam Museum) and 'Woody Landscape with Travellers and Beggars' of 1668 (London, Royal Collection).

Hobbema was a pupil in Amsterdam of the leading landscape painter Jacob van Ruisdael, whose work is also represented in the National Gallery's Collection.

Key facts

Artist dates
1638 - 1709
Full title
A Road winding past Cottages
Date made
about 1667-8
Medium and support
Oil on oak
61.3 x 84.5 cm
Acquisition credit
Salting Bequest, 1910
Inventory number
Location in Gallery