Thought to by Ruisdael until Sedelmeyer attributed it to Hobbema in 1899, this picture was unknowingly listed under both artists by Hofstede de Groot (loc. cit., nos. 787 and 22). The picture was then included in Rosenberg's Ruisdael catalogue (loc. cit.) and accepted as a Hobbema (loc. cit.) by Broulhiet. The Wallraf-Richartz-Museum acquired the painting in 1941 as a Hobbema but then downgraded the picture to 'manner of Hobbema' in 1967.
The attribution to Van Kessel was first proposed by Alice Davies in her 1992 monograph on the artist (loc. cit.). She dates the work to the mid-1660s, a period when Van Kessel produced a number of works with conspicuous Hobemma-like trees, comparing it with three pictures dated 1664 (ibid., nos, 42, 79 and 102). She also notes that the building to the right of the picture recurs in another work by Van Kessel, formerly with Hallsborough, London (her no. 97).
We are grateful to Marijke de Kinkelder of the RKD for endorsing the attribution to Van Kessel.