A Scene on the Ice Near a Town

A Scene on the Ice Near a Town, c.1615, Avercamp, National Gallery, London
A Scene on the Ice Near a Town, c.1615, Avercamp, National Gallery, London

A Scene on the Ice Near a Town, c. 1615, was painted by Hendrick Avercamp and is held in the National Gallery, London.

Under the pale winter sky a frozen waterway receding into the far distance provides the stage for lively diversions upon the ice, such as 'kolf' (an early form of golf). It has been suggested that the town is Kampen, where Avercamp lived and worked, but it is more likely to be imaginary. 

Avercamp, known as 'de stomme van Campen' (the mute of Kampen), became famous for his winter scenes.

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