Souvenir of Palluel

In 1871 Corot left Paris and the upheaval of Commune life to stay with his biographer and friend Alfred Robaut at Douai in north-east France. This is a view of the marshy landscape around Douai. Four other pictures that Corot started on this trip to the Artois are in the National Gallery: 'The Marsh at Arleux', 'A Wagon in the Plains of Artois', 'The Oak in the Valley' and 'Landscape at Arleux-du-Nord'.

The present sketch is a copy after a nature study by Alfred Robaut painted in May 1871. It is a close copy except for the cottage which is a detail added by Corot.

Key facts

Artist dates
1796 - 1875
Full title
Souvenir of Palluel
Date made
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
27 x 35 cm
Inscription summary
Acquisition credit
Presented by Mrs Alice Bleecker, 1981
Inventory number
Location in Gallery