A very Momper-ish landscape (as noted also by Diaz Padron) and yet the figures are more deeply, fully embedded in the place than they are when added into a Momper as staffage. They are done in a softer, more painterly manner than those in his collaborations. It's as if here Jan is feeling out what a landscape would be like if they didn't collaborate, but he did it all on his own. Background has less fussy details than in a Momper, more a vague sense that "here there is detail" but there isn't. Which is actually what Momper does but Jan here does it more. A great contrast to the collaborative works here in Madrid.
1746 inventory: "otro pais en lamina de Brueghel, unas figuras como de gitanos, una de ellas en accion de hablar con un arriero y otra a un lado sentada con un nino sobre la rodilla y distintas acemilas cargadas, de tercia y dedos de alto y vara de ancho."
Signed copy E. Slatter, London 1952 (copper, 36.2 x 43.8 cm)