Ertz had originally attributed this as a collaboration between Jan the Elder and Jan the Younger.
The monkeys are, in some cases, directly based on those in the oil sketches, #s 583 & 584a. THere are numerous further versions of this picture; one may soon be hanging in the Rubenshuis.
According to Sotheby's a good copy of this work, also on copper and probably by Jan Brueghel the Younger, was sold by them on December 12, 1984, lot 177.
Charles de Pauw (1920-1984), who owned this painting until his death, amassed what must be one of the largest collections of paintings by the Brueghel family ever put together. The sale of his collection at Sotheby's in 1986 included twenty-two works from the Brueghel family workshops.