Show me:
and
Clear all filters

  • 25 items Explore
  • 38 items
  • 25 items Explore
  • 48 items
  • 88 items
  • 3,443 items Explore
  • 92 items Explore
  • 3 items
  • 4 items
  • 42 items
  • 10,775 items Explore
  • 209 items Explore
  • 1,212 items Explore
  • 8,530 items Explore
  • 4,997 items Explore
  • 72 items Explore
  • 124 items Explore
  • 10,641 items Explore
  • 13,052 items Explore
  • 4,612 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 5 items
  • 146 items Explore
  • 2,014 items Explore
  • 2 items
  • 4,725 items Explore
  • 24 items Explore
  • 440 items Explore
  • 19,054 items Explore
  • 34 items Explore
  • 1,874 items Explore
  • 1,109 items Explore
  • 6 items
  • 5,557 items Explore
  • 455 items Explore
  • 29 items
  • 946 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 1 items Explore
  • 5 items
  • 8 items
  • 19,023 items Explore
  • 787 items Explore
  • 19 items
  • 74 items Explore
  • 33 items
  • 800 items
  • 25 items
  • 61 items
  • 28 items
  • 303 items Explore
  • 6 items
  • 44 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 2 items
  • 145 items
  • 2 items
  • 2 items
  • 121 items Explore
  • 119 items
  • 1,022 items Explore
  • 811 items
  • 95 items
  • 27 items
  • 7 items
  • 1 items
  • 25,816 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 3,608 items Explore
  • 1,528 items Explore
  • 403 items
  • 158 items Explore
  • 9,502 items Explore
  • 9,674 items Explore
  • 4 items
  • 1 items
  • 39 items
  • 3 items
  • 2 items
  • 4 items
  • 6,061 items Explore
  • 5,636 items Explore
  • 4,052 items Explore
  • 1,461 items Explore
  • 927 items Explore
  • 3,479 items Explore
  • 3 items
  • 312 items
  • 1 items
  • 1 items
  • 3,330 items Explore
  • 20 items Explore
  • 336 items Explore
  • 789 items Explore
  • 1,047 items Explore
  • 511 items Explore
  • 923 items Explore
  • 1,138 items
  • 89 items
  • 126 items Explore
  • 6,962 items Explore
  • 163 items
  • 310 items
  • 7 items Explore
  • 4 items
  • 27 items
  • 61 items
  • 300 items Explore
  • 2 items
  • 2,934 items Explore
  • 1,520 items Explore
  • 80 items
  • 43 items
  • 19,253 items Explore
  • 1,189 items Explore
  • 138 items
  • 839 items Explore
  • 32 items
  • 1 items
  • 132 items Explore
  • 24 items
  • 22 items
  • 252 items
  • 314 items
  • 838 items Explore
  • 1,897 items
  • 304 items Explore
  • 2,398 items
  • 2,533 items
  • 6 items
  • 2 items
  • 3 items
  • 4,381 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 32,361 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 3,311 items Explore
  • 275 items Explore
  • 7,973 items Explore
  • 31 items
  • 25 items
  • 713 items Explore
  • 3 items
  • 65 items
  • 161 items
  • 52 items
  • 20,534 items Explore
  • 907 items
  • 18 items
  • 21,604 items Explore
  • 2 items
  • 2,337 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 1,050 items Explore
  • 59 items
  • 499 items
  • 3,288 items Explore
  • 119 items
  • 2 items
  • 453 items Explore
  • 3 items
  • 21 items
  • 90 items Explore
  • 76 items
  • 289 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 6 items
  • 131 items
  • 294 items
  • 852 items
  • 878 items
  • 1 items
  • 368 items Explore
  • 273 items Explore
  • 11,265 items Explore
  • 760 items Explore
  • 6,267 items Explore
  • 16 items
  • 6,097 items Explore
  • 27 items
  • 1 items
  • 5,321 items Explore
  • 4 items
  • 3,726 items Explore
  • 9,178 items Explore
  • 7,300 items Explore
  • 201 items
  • 19 items
  • 142 items
  • 7 items
  • 1,000 items Explore
  • 18 items
  • 4,154 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 4 items
  • 1,096 items Explore
  • 224 items
  • 1 items
  • 3,486 items Explore
  • 20 items
  • 695 items Explore
  • 19 items
  • 134 items
  • 3,476 items Explore
  • 13,463 items Explore
  • 2,720 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 8 items
  • 9,299 items Explore
  • 37 items
  • 2 items
  • 21,342 items Explore
  • 91 items
  • 38 items
  • 13,106 items Explore
  • 3,308 items Explore
  • 2,130 items Explore
  • 163 items
  • 38,717 items Explore
  • 635 items Explore
  • 415 items
  • 23,277 items Explore
  • 218 items
  • 3 items
  • 1 items
  • 20 items
  • 30 items
  • 129 items Explore
  • 4 items
  • 217 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 13,610 items Explore
  • 3 items
  • 10,261 items
  • 9 items
  • 10 items
  • 14 items
  • 25 items
  • 4,531 items Explore
  • 918 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 1 items
  • 1 items
  • 220 items
  • 694 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 42 items
  • 2,281 items Explore
  • 1,652 items Explore
  • 15 items
  • 1,920 items Explore
  • 146 items
  • 83 items
  • 772 items Explore
  • 3,148 items Explore
  • 38 items
  • 22 items
  • 12 items
  • 10,320 items Explore
  • 22,541 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 1 items
  • 1,375 items
  • 180 items Explore
  • 7 items
  • 8 items
  • 92 items
  • 10,380 items Explore
  • 3,571 items Explore
  • 2,624 items Explore
  • 4,752 items Explore
  • 23 items
  • 59 items
  • 6,886 items Explore
  • 4,026 items Explore
  • 438 items Explore
  • 2,280 items Explore
  • 2,453 items Explore
  • 3 items
  • 1,850 items Explore
  • 43 items
  • 223 items Explore
  • 448 items Explore
  • 5,879 items Explore
  • 8,880 items Explore
  • 1,853 items Explore
  • 5,244 items Explore
  • 3,336 items Explore
  • 10,083 items Explore
  • 86 items
  • 11 items
  • 2,601 items Explore
  • 7 items
  • 24 items
  • 51 items
  • 3 items
  • 1 items
  • 2,163 items Explore
  • 620 items Explore
  • 62 items
  • 17 items
  • 151 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 88 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 464 items
  • 997 items
  • 3,604 items Explore
  • 5 items
  • 9,404 items Explore
  • 47 items Explore
  • 11 items
  • 42 items
  • 3 items
  • 13,698 items Explore
  • 3 items
  • 1,201 items Explore
  • 92 items
  • 10,546 items Explore
  • 900 items Explore
  • 2,015 items
  • 5,979 items Explore
  • 21 items
  • 12,760 items Explore
  • 1,387 items Explore
  • 5 items
  • 9,569 items Explore
  • 16,107 items Explore
  • 4 items
  • 1,681 items Explore
  • 175 items
  • 57 items
  • 5,734 items Explore
  • 8,023 items Explore
  • 48 items
  • 25 items
  • 2 items
  • 59 items
  • 7,346 items Explore
  • 294 items Explore
  • 13 items
  • 4 items
  • 6 items
  • 4 items
  • 104 items Explore
  • 7 items
  • 5 items
  • 480 items
  • 183 items Explore
  • 8,330 items Explore
  • 55 items
  • 22,513 items Explore
  • 7,121 items Explore
  • 5 items
  • 26 items
  • 1,842 items Explore
  • 339 items
  • 334 items Explore
  • 12,357 items Explore
  • 55 items
  • 20 items
  • 7 items
  • 4 items
  • 325 items Explore
  • 451 items
  • 184 items
  • 3,510 items Explore
  • 27 items
  • 1,160 items Explore
  • 2,225 items Explore
  • 732 items Explore
  • 21 items
  • 1,064 items Explore
  • 97 items Explore
  • 42 items
  • 246 items Explore
  • 70,432 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 2,880 items Explore
  • 2,835 items Explore
  • 28 items
  • 3,296 items Explore
  • 105 items Explore
  • 4 items
  • 16,899 items Explore
  • 5,547 items Explore
  • 7 items
  • 626 items Explore
  • 85 items
  • 468 items
  • 39 items
  • 76 items
  • 29 items
  • 318 items
  • 3 items
  • 42 items
  • 1,178 items Explore
  • 95 items
  • 805 items
  • 41 items
  • 10,077 items Explore
  • 27 items
  • 13 items
  • 1,170 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 266 items
  • 15,574 items Explore
  • 78 items
  • 17 items
  • 1 items
  • 6 items
  • 6 items
  • 324 items
  • 2 items
  • 626 items Explore
  • 1,594 items Explore
  • 1,032 items Explore
  • 2 items
  • 157 items

Select a time period

Or choose a specific year

Clear all filters

The Colf Players

Pieter de Hooch (Rotterdam 1629 – Amsterdam 1684)

Category

Art / Oil paintings

Date

circa 1658 - 1660

Materials

Oil on panel

Measurements

635 x 464 mm (25 x 18 1/4 in)

Place of origin

Holland

Order this image

Collection

Polesden Lacey, Surrey (Accredited Museum)

On show at

South Corridor, Polesden Lacey House, Polesden Lacey, Surrey, London and South East, National Trust

NT 1246485

Caption

This is a playful example of a seventeenth-century Dutch ‘view-through’ (or doorkijkje) picture, for which Pieter de Hooch is particularly noted. A small child bursts through a doorway having interrupted a game of colf (similar to modern golf) with the older boy in the backyard. The picture celebrates this moment of exuberant recreation in a world of ordered domesticity – note the scrupulously clean surfaces and neat costumes. It is also a clever demonstration of perspective and light effects, presenting a receding sequence of interior and exterior spaces infused with a cool winter light. De Hooch included glazed tiles behind the door on the left-hand side of the scene, each decorated with rudimentary depictions of pairs of playing children as if to signal the sophistication and realism of his own rendering of this subject. There are two other versions of this composition in the National Gallery of Art, Washington and in the Staatliche Kunsthalle, Karlsruhe. In these pictures more of the room is shown, including a woman to the right smiling back at the child.

Summary

Oil painting on panel, The Colf Players by Pieter de Hooch (Rotterdam 1629 – Amsterdam 1684), signed bottom of door, circa 1658-60. A child standing in the doorway of a room paved with ceramic tiles with the door handle in one hand and a golf club in the other. In the garden beyond, bounded by buildings and trees is a small boy dressed in grey, also carrying a golf club.

Provenance

Possibly Count Moritz von Fries, Vienna; Héris sale, Brussels, 19 June 1846, lot 27; Piérard sale, Paris, 21 March 1860, lot 29; Sir H. Hume Campbell sale, Christie's, 25 May 1867, lot 77; bought in; purchased by Lesser Lesser from Campbell at Christie's, 16 June 1894, lot 37; purchased by William McEwan from Lesser in 1894 for £660. Bequeathed in 1942 by Margaret Helen Greville DBE (1863-1942) to the National Trust, along with the Polesden Lacey Estate in memory of her father William McEwan MP (1827-1913). [The probate inventory of January 1943 shows this item in the the record for Polesden Lacey pictures, drawings etc. p.172.]

Credit line

Polesden Lacey, The McEwan Collection (National Trust)

Marks and inscriptions

Bottom of door: P d Hooch (signed, later addition?) Back of painting on cradle: Exhibition label from the Royal Academy of Arts exhibition of Dutch art January 4th - March 9th 1929. Back of painting on cradle: Handwritten label: "Exhibited National Gallery Vestibule Oct-April 1944" Back of painting on cradle: Exhibition label from Eugene Slatter gallery exhibition with the Anglo-Netherlands Society entitled 'Masterpieces of Dutch Painting in the Seventeenth Century' June 27th - July 28th 1945. Back of painting on cradle: Exhibition label from the Royal Academy of Arts winter exhibition 1952/53 Back of painting on cradle: Part of an article describing the painting from an unknown source alongside a small square paper label with the number 24 pencilled on it. Back of painting on cradle: A small paper label with the number 2321 and a monogram handwritten in black ink Back of painting on cradle: Chalk number 14

Makers and roles

Pieter de Hooch (Rotterdam 1629 – Amsterdam 1684), artist

Exhibition history

Pieter de Hooch if Delft. From the Shadow of Vermeer, Museum Prinsenhof Delft, Delft, 2019 - 2020 The Art of Upbringing, Dordrechts Museum, Dordrecht, Netherlands, 2013, no.3

References

Hofstede de Groot 1907-28 C. Hofstede de Groot, A Catalogue Raisonné of the Most Eminent Dutch Painters of the Seventeenth Century, 8 vols., London, 1907-28, vol.I, no.305 Woman and Child in Art (exh cat) Grosvenor Gallery, London, 26 November 1913 - 11 February 1914, no.63 Brière-Misme 1927 Clotilde de Brière-Misme, 'Tableaux inédits ou peu connus de Pieter de Hooch',Gazette des Beaux-Arts, XVI, 5, 1927, pp.63-4 Dutch Art 1450-1900 (exh cat) Royal Academy, London, 4 January - 9 March 1929, no.324 Valentiner 1929 Wilhelm Reinhold Valentiner, Pieter de Hooch, Stuttgart, 1929, p.57 Masterpieces of Dutch Painting in the Seventeenth Century (exh cat) Eugene Slatter, London, 27 June - 28 July 1945, no.1 Dutch Pictures 1450-1750 (exh cat) Royal Academy, London, 22 November 1952 - 1 March 1953, no.443 Gelder 1953 Jan Gerrit van Gelder, 'Rembrandt and his Circle', Burlington Magazine, XCV, 1953, p.34, n.2 Portrait Groups from National Trust Collections (exh cat) Arts Council of Great Britain (touring exh), National Museum of Wales, Cardiff, Wakefield, Luton, Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne, Coventry, 1960-1, p.15, no.13 Polesden Lacey, Surrey [The National Trust; St. John Gore] 1964, p.24, no.44 Kersten 1996, Michiel Kersten, 'Pieter de Hooch and Delft genre painting 1650-1675' in Delft Masters, Vermeer's Contemporaries (exh cat) Prinsenhof, Delft, 1 March - 2 June 1996, pp.150-2 Fock 1998 C. Willemijn Fock, 'werkelijkheid of schijn. Het beeld van het Hollandse interieur in de zeventiende-eeuwse genreschilderkunst', Oud Holland, 112, 4, 1998, pp.218-9 Westermann 2001, Mariët Westermann, 'Making Home in the Dutch Republic' in Art in the Home: Dutch Interiors in the Age of Rembrandt, (exh cat) Newark Art Museum, New Jersey, 30 Sept 2001 - 20 Jan 2002, Denver Art Museum Colorado, 2 Mar - 26 May 2002, pp.67-8 (The Art of Upbringing) De Kunst van het Opvoeden (exh cat) Dordrechts Museum, Dordrecht, 27 April - 15 September 2013, p.79, no.3, 3a Chu 2017 John Chu, The Pictures at Polesden Lacey, National Trust, 2017, p.18 Prized Possessions: Dutch Paintings from National Trust Houses (exh. cat.), Holburne Museum, Bath 25 May - 16 Sep 2018; Mauritshuis, The Hague, 11 Oct 2018 - 6 Jan 2019; Petworth House, West Sussex, 26 Jan - 24 Mar 2019., pp.105-9, no. 10

View more details