In Metsu's figures we notice an elegance and a nobility which are not found elsewhere except in Ter Borch.
It was probably painted while Ter Borch was a burgomaster of Deventer.
Rightly is Ter Borch called the most eminent painter of the Dutch school.
Like Metsu, Ter Borch is particularly fond of making music a motive of his pictures.
Caspar Netscher (1639-84) was a pupil of Ter Borch, and this is one of the best works of his best period.