D'Hulst, who knew the drawing only from an old photograph, dated it circa 1650-55. He also commented that it seemed to be rather rubbed, and retouched in pen and ink, a judgement that appears unduly harsh, reflecting the poor quality of the photograph at his disposal; Jordaens himself did on occasion add accents in pen to drawings largely executed in chalk and wash and there seems no reason to think that the pen lines in this drawing, which seem integral and structural, are not by his own hand. One example of similar, autograph penwork is the drawing of the very same subject as this, in the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts, Paris.1
1. D'Hulst, op. cit., cat. A51
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