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Melchior de Hondecoeter (Utrecht 1636-Amsterdam 1695)

A Groom Assisting a Riding Master at the Manège 1686-87

RCIN 405957

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The Amsterdam merchant Johan Ortt (1642–1701) acquired Nijenrode Castle in 1673 and built stabling for fifty horses. Here we see Spanish horses undergoing training, one taught the Levade by the riding master. Saddle, whip, blinkers and scraper lie in the foreground while horses exercise on the hill behind.