12 June 2009
AMSTERDAM 1696 -- [PRINT]. "Winter Vreugde op den Amstel en 't gaan des Ysbreekers en der Waterschuiten... Divertissement de l'Hyver sur la Riviere l'Amstel & le Depart du Batiment pour casser la Glace nommé l'Ysbreeker." Amsterdam: Pieter Schenk, 1686. Engraving by TILEMAN VAN DER HORST. 619 x 920 mm.
A very fine view of the Winter Festival in Amsterdam in 1696, showing ice skaters and horse-drawn carriages crossing the frozen River Amstel, with the famous ice-breaking boats at center. Winter pleasures were celebrated around the IJsbreker for centuries.
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