The present study is of particular interest, having been identified by van Eeghen as one of the few drawings from the Catchmade Morgan Album that can be securely connected, though in reverse and with some minor differences, to a signed and dated painting by Van Goyen. In this instance the painting, which was previously on the London art market,1 is signed and dated 1626, providing us with a terminus ante quem for our drawing, whilst substantiating van Eeghen's dating of the album.
Beck and van Eeghen do, however, agree that the drawings in this group represent views near Leiden, where Van Goyen was living at the time.
1. see H.-U. Beck, Jan Van Goyen (1596–1656), vol. II, Amsterdam 1973, p. 116, cat. no. 240, reproduced
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