Breenbergh uses many different details from Roman buildings from around the city, which he undoubtedly would have spent a great deal of time sketching during his time there and in and around the campagna. In the background are features of the inside of the Colosseum and Trajan's Palace seen through the haze of summer heat. Similar small turbaned figures occur in another rare upright composition by Breenbergh in the collection of the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Nantes.
Probably private collection, France (according to labels on reverse);
With S. Nystad, The Hague;
Sale, London, Sotheby's, 7 July 2011;
SØR Rusche Collection
From 19 September – 17 October 2015, the entire SØR Rusche Collection was exhibited at Auf AEG, Nuremberg, in the exhibition: Gute Kunst? Wollen!