Teniers was a member of a dynasty of painters, and many of his pictures used to be inaccurately attributed to his father. Teniers the younger was taught painting by his father, and worked in Antwerp before moving to Brussels, where he became curator of the great picture collection belonging to Archduke Leopold William, Regent of the Netherlands. Much admired in the eighteenth century, his paintings were bought in large numbers for traditional collections such as that at Dulwich.
In this painting an aristocratic couple survey a country house; the artist changed his mind about the positions of these figures, especially their heads. The brownish-yellow tone of the landscape and the freely painted sky are characteristic of Teniers.