Allaert van Everdingen was born in Alkmaar in 1617. His father was a notary; his two brothers, Caesar and Jan, were painters too. Allaert studied with Roelant Savery in Utrecht and Pieter Molyn in Haarlem, around 1640-43. Shortly afterwards, he traveled to Norway and Sweden, where he produced several well-known Scandinavian landscapes. By 1645 he was back in Haarlem, where he joined the local guild of St Luke. In 1652 he moved to Amsterdam, where he died in 1675. He had no known pupils, although the author Houbraken does mention that the marine painter Ludolf Bakhuizen came to him for advice. Van Everdingen was not just an artist, but a dealer and collector of Dutch, Flemish and Italian paintings too. When his collection was auctioned after his wife’s death in 1708, it included works by Rafael, Titian, Veronese, Holbein and Rembrandt, to name but a few.
As an artist, van Everdingen specialized mostly in topographical landscapes, seascapes and winter scenes. He was a prolific draughtsman, whose drawings can be seen in print cabinets and museum collections around the world. Often working in small scale and mostly signed, such as the present work, they show off his considerable skill as an artist.