Govert Camphuysen is a rather rare artist, not particularly well-known. His works, including this one, were often attributed to the more famous Paulus Potter (1625–54). He was not a Dutch Italianate, although his treatment of light means that his work hangs harmoniously alongside that of Cuyp and Adriane van de Velde (1636-72). An early career as a portraitist in Amsterdam foundered, and he turned to animals and landscape around 1650 (when he painted this picture), spending some time in Stockholm as a court painter to the Dowager Queen of Sweden.
Camphuysen excelled in rustic naturalism. He concentrated on realistic detail such as the farmer on the right’s bare feet and the shoes tied round his waist.