Claes Jansz. Visscher was both a draughtsman and etcher and a publisher whose business is shown by the stock list compiled by his grandson Claes Claesz. Visscher II after 1682 to have been one of the largest of its day. The present drawing is from a series of 19 or 32 plates of Employments of Men and Views in the Surroundings of Amsterdam. The greater part of the series were views published by Visscher after compositions by other artists, but the present drawing shows that this view at least, as de Hoop Scheffer suggests, was derived from the artist's own drawing (C. Schuckman and D. de Hoop Scheffer, Hollstein's Dutch and Flemish Etchings, Engravings and Woodcuts, XXXVIII, Roosendaal, 1991, p. 186).