Gerrit Dou trained many pupils who followed his tradition until the 18th century. The master himself called Frans I van Mieris a prince among his followers. Wooing is an authorial replica of the work of the same subject held in The Hague. In the Dutch inventories, these genre paintings used to be marked "bordeeltjes", i.e. scenes from brothels. The copulating pair of dogs more than eloquently illustrates the situation and is also reminiscent of the period proverb, saying "like mistress, like her dog."