Van der Heyden is best known for his meticulously painted townscapes, rich in detail. This work is unusual as it is one of his few purely landscape compositions. However, the same precision is applied to the trees in this scene as they are to his architectural paintings.
Van der Heyden is an extraordinary character beyond his artistic career. He was instrumental in bringing street lighting to Amsterdam and also wrote one of the most important manuals on firefighting, Brandspuiten-boek (1690), in which he introduced his new invention – the fire hose.