This early composition by van Goyen reveals the artist's interest in figures at this stage in his career.

It shows him still in the process of developing his style just prior to evolving the more rapid sketch in black chalk, around 1629, on which he concentrated for the rest of his career.


Anonymous sale at Christie's Amsterdam, 30/11/87, lot 56; Jacobus A.Klaver collection, his sale at Sotheby's Amsterdam, 10/5/94, lot 94, lot 10.

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