This well-preserved picture belongs to a small group of van Goyenesque landscapes executed in the early 1640s. Alan Chong, who has inspected the present work in the original, suggests a date of 1642, a year later than the dating proposed by Reiss (loc. cit). He points out that the shepherd recurs in almost identical fashion in the slightly later picture sold, Christie's, Amsterdam, 13 Novenber 1995, lot 143.
Cuyp may well have had direct contact with Van Goyen who is thought to have visited Dordrecht on numerous occasions and whose son-in-law, Jacques de Claeuw, was a Dordrecht artist associated with Jacob Cuyp. The tonal format, monochromatic colouring and the broken, blond brushwork employed by Cuyp in the present picture can all be seen to derive from the work of Van Goyen.
We are grateful to Alan Chong for his help in cataloguing this lot. It will be included in his forthcoming catalogue raisonné of the artist's work.