The fanfare surrounding the aforementioned events, with drummers accompanying each jousting team, and a substantial audience of onlookers on the far bank of the river, strongly suggest that the events depicted must have been part of an elaborate festivity or celebration. Indeed "pull the goose" was a sport often associated with Shrove Tuesday celebrations in The Netherlands, though the mild weather, alluded to by the densely covered trees in the background, as well as the lightly dressed onlookers, may put paid to this theory.
It has been suggested that the present work bears a resemblance, on stylistic grounds, to that of the Frenchman, Louis Richer (fl. 1640-1670), though no compelling evidence has, thus far, been provided to further endorse this attribution.
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