PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF PROFESSOR EGBERT HAVERKAMP-BEGEMANN
That said, no other serious candidate has so far emerged as author of this outstanding drawing. It is certainly not by Adriaen van de Velde, even though such serene, strongly lit figures were central to his style, nor can one cite any really compelling comparisons amongst the drawings of Karel Dujardin, another possibility. The more angular and sketchy background figures, which emanate echoes of a rather different world, that of the early Rembrandt and his most significant immediate predecessors such as Moeyaert, should provide significant clues, yet somehow they do not, and so the best solution would seem to be to retain Haverkamp-Begemann’s own attribution to Weenix, until such time as any firmer evidence can be found either to confirm or refute the attribution.
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