The Golf Players

The Golf Players (1658) is an oil-on-panel painting by the Dutch painter Pieter de Hooch. It is an example of Dutch Golden Age painting and is part of the collection of Polesden Lacey.

The Golf Players
Pieter de Hooch - The Golf Players - c.1658.jpg
ArtistPieter de Hooch
Dimensions63.5 cm × 45.7 cm (25.0 in × 18.0 in)
LocationPolesden Lacey, Surrey

The painting was documented by Hofstede de Groot in 1910, who wrote: "305. The Game of Golf. In an entrance-hall paved with red tiles a little girl carrying a golf-club stands with her hand on the latch of an open door. She looks at a boy who is playing golf in the courtyard. In the distance is a village. Panel, 25 inches by 18 inches. Formerly in the collection of Count von Fries, Vienna. Sales:

  • Heris of Brussels, in Paris, June 19, 1846, No. 27.
  • Pierard of Valenciennes, in Paris, March 21, 1860, No. 29.
  • Sir H. H. Campbell, in London, 1867 (bought in for £63)."[1]

This painting seems to have been a successful design for de Hooch as there are several variations on the subject of this young girl in the doorway:


  1. ^ entry 305 for The Game of Golf in Hofstede de Groot, 1910