About this artwork

This painting is typical of Van Calraet’s work, particularly in the depiction of dogs and horses. It shows two riders and their dogs preparing to leave an inn and ‘start’ their journey. A wreath and a pewter wine jug hanging from the pole attached to the building indicate that this is an inn; the lady to the left wearing red is the inn-keeper. One man is mounted with his plumed hat and gloves on and clearly wishes to leave, while the other gestures to his companion to enjoy another glass (‘roemer’) of wine. Until the twentieth century, this picture was thought to be by Aelbert Cuyp, as it emulates his work both in its composition and in its use of light.

  • title:
    The Start
  • accession number:
    NG 1493
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  • materials:
    Oil on panel
  • date created:
    1680 - 1722
  • measurements:
    32.00 x 47.00 cm (painted area)
  • credit line:
    Bequest of Mrs Nisbet Hamilton Ogilvy of Biel 1921
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve

Abraham van Calraet

Abraham van Calraet