Schnackenburg dates the painting to an early point in Dusart's career, circa 1678, when he was most under the influence of his teacher. It may be compared to another painting of the same subject, though of smaller dimensions, also previously attributed to Ostade, in the Instituut Collectie Nederland, Amsterdam,1 as well as to Dusart's most celebrated etching of The Village Fair, dated 1685.2
1 Inv. no. Nk 2090; see Old master paintings. An illustrated summary catalogue, Zwolle and The Hague 1992, p. 232, cat. no. 1997 (as Adriaen van Ostade).
2 F.W.H. Hollstein, Dutch and Flemish etchings, engravings, and woodcuts, ca. 1450–1700, vol. VI, Amsterdam 1952, p. 57.
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