Frans Post was born and trained in Haarlem. In 1636 he travelled to Brazil in the suite of Prince Jan Maurits of Nassau, who was the Governor of the country, which was then a Dutch colony. Post returned to Haarlem in 1644, where he established himself as a very successful specialist painting Brazilian landscapes. He also drew designs for prints based on his Brazilian sketches. Some of these Brazilian views are of recognisable places while others, like this one, seem to be generalised views.
The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN