Get your skates on

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ARARE glimpse into the char­ac­ter­ful world of 19th-cen­tury ice-skat­ing in the East Anglian fens is of­fered at the Na­tional Her­itage Cen­tre for Horserac­ing and Sport­ing Art in New­mar­ket, Suffolk. Pic­tured here are stars of the time Charles J. Teb­butt, mid slide (right), and ‘Turkey’ Smart and Wal­ter Hous­den (left) on Lin­gay Fen (where am­a­teur cham­pi­onships took place), the for­mer so named due to his dis­tinc­tive flap­ping style on the ice. By con­trast, Flem­ish Old Masters por­tray the peo­ple of 17th-cen­tury Flan­ders hav­ing fun and go­ing about their busi­ness on the frozen wa­ter­ways, in­clud­ing Cor­nelis Beelt’s Skaters on a Frozen River (1660), on loan from Colch­ester and Ipswich Mu­se­ums.

Vic­to­rian paint­ings, such as Lees’s Skaters on Dud­dingston Loch by Moon­light (1857) and Skat­ing on Lin­lith­gow Loch (1858), com­ple­ment the icy scene, to­gether with 20th-cen­tury pho­to­graphic por­traits, an­tique skates and early Pathé film footage. ‘Skat­ing’ runs un­til April 28, 2019 (www.palace­house­new­mar­ket.co.uk).

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