Sanguine in winter and vivid in the snow and ice-filled landscape, a skating ensemble cuts a colorful figure for the season. Of a recreation possible in nature only in winter, the skater is a friendly and familiar Currier and Ives avatar of the season

Sanguine in winter and vivid in the snow and ice-filled landscape, a skating ensemble cuts a colorful figure for the season. Of a recreation possible in nature only in winter, the skater is a friendly and familiar Currier and Ives avatar of the season

Dress (image 3) | British | 1870 | silk | Metropolitan Museum of Art | Accession Number: 1980.409.1a–c

Skating ensemble (image 7) | American | 1868 | wool, fur, steel | Metropolitan Museum of Art | Accession Number: C.I.53.72.10a–j

Skating ensemble (image 6) | American | 1868 | wool, fur, steel | Metropolitan Museum of Art | Accession Number: C.I.53.72.10a–j

Ensemble (image 4) | British | 1860 | pina cloth, silk | Metropolitan Museum of Art | Accession #: C.I.40.147.1a–d

Dress (Met Museum) Date: ca. 1865 Culture: British Medium: cotton, wool Dimensions: Length at CB (a): 42 3/4 in. (108.6 cm) Length at CB (b): 44 1/4 in. (112.4 cm) Credit Line: Purchase, Irene Lewisohn Bequest, 1985 Accession Number: 1985.23.1a, b

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