This sketch was probably painted outdoors and perhaps intended to be finished in the studio. Its loose brushwork is typical of Rousseau's later style.

Rousseau's paintings were in great demand in France in the period after his death and until the First World War, when his popularity was overtaken by that of the Impressionists.

Key facts

Artist dates
1812 - 1867
Full title
Date made
around 1865
Medium and support
Black crayon and oil on millboard
50.8 x 67.8 cm
Inscription summary
Acquisition credit
Presented to the Tate Gallery by Mrs Julian Lousada, 1926; transferred, 1956
Inventory number
Location in Gallery