Oil on canvas, 48.5cm by 66cm.
Frederik de Moucheron was the son of a wealthy ship owner and trader who, in 1602, was one of the founders of the Dutch East India Company. He is thought to have trained as an artist with Jan Asselijn (1610-1652), who painted landscapes in the manner of the French artist Claude Lorrain (1600-1682) and is known to have collaborated with other artists who painted the figures and animals in his landscapes. He spent time in France, and what is now Belgium, though despite painting many Italianate landscapes, he never travelled to Italy. He eventually settled in Amsterdam, where he died.