Slive dates this bucolic scene to the early 1650s and notes that in old photographs there were traces of an uncharacteristic monogram and date visible at the base of the trunk of the large tree – an unusual place for a signature and date on a work by Ruisdael. The date was read as 1671, an improbable date for the landscape. The monogram and date had, Slive notes, vanished by the time the painting was examined in 1970.1
1 Slive 2001, p. 274.
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