Købke is regarded as the most important painter of Denmark's golden age, although his career was cut short by his early death at the age of thirty-eight. His most ambitious compositions were inspired by the German artist Caspar David Friedrich (1774–1840) and thus include grandly Romantic land- and seascapes. The Museum's drawing is closely related to a painting (Toledo Museum of Art) that Købke completed after a two-year sojourn in Italy.
Signature: Signed and dated, lower left, outside framing lines, in graphite: "C. Købke Mai (or Mar?) 1843."
Inscription: Verso, upper center, in graphite: "31/10 43 Empf[...] Weigel, Leipzig" Lower left, in brown ink: "Kunstforeningen j Kiobhaven."
Kunstforeningen, Copenhagen (acquired from the artist); Vendor: Thomas le Claire Kunsthandel, Hamburg
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," October 5, 2009–January 10, 2010.
Hans Edvard Nørregård-Nielsen, Kaspar Monrad Christen Købke. Ex. cat. Copenhagen, 1996, p. 298.