The composition of the present work is taken from Anthony van Dyck's Amaryllis and Mirtillo, (Fig.1) which de Bisschop would have seen in the collection of the Princes of Orange, housed at the Palace Het Loo. The painting was subsequently sold at auction in Amsterdam on 26 July 1713 to Lothar Franz von Schönborn and remains in the possession of his descendants at Schloss Weissenstein, Pommersfelden.
Another unsigned version of this drawing, also by de Bisschop, is in the collection of the Rijksprentenkaninet, Amsterdam.2
1. See J.G. Van Gelder, 'Jan de Bisschop', Oud Holland, vol. LXXXVI, no. 4, 1971, p. 14
2. Ibid., p. 14, fig. 46
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