In terms of dating this sheet, one can closely compare it with a drawing of Figures along a Colonnade in a private collection, The Netherlands, which was exhibited in Delft in 1994 and has been dated to the 1640s.1 The Haverkamp-Begemann drawing demonstrates the same free drawing style and rounded faces as are seen in the Dutch private collection sheet. It is also interesting to note that Bramer used a similar compositional device in Figures along a colonnade, which must have been a preparatory study for a staircase ceiling painting.
1. Leonaert Bramer 1596-1674: Ingenious Painter and Draughtsman in Rome and Delft, exh. cat., Delft, Stedelijk Museum Het Prinsenhof, no. 19
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