Get your skates on
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).