Etude de Paysage- Souvenir d'Italie signed 'COROT' (lower left) oil on canvas 28 x 22.5cm (11 x 8 7/8in).
Painted circa 1865
PROVENANCE: Alexander Young; his posthumous sale, Christie's London, 30 June 1910, lot 47 Miss Margaret S. Davies, Newtown, Montgomeryshire ('Corot. Landscape. M.S.D.' on label on stretcher), purchased from the above sale (£351) Sale, Sotheby's London, 4 May 1960, lot 104 L. R. Seymour Esq., acquired from the above in 1961 and thence by descent Sale, Sotheby's London, 15 June 2004, lot 175
EXHIBITED: London, Marlborough Fine Art, French Landscapes, Autumn 1961
LITERATURE: J. Ubgamells, The Davies Collection of French Art, Cardiff, 1967, p. 54. Martin Dieterle, Corot Catalogue Raisonne Supplement
Miss Margaret Davies and her sister Gwendoline purchased this work in 1910, shortly after they began the formation of their art collection in 1908 under the advice of Mr Hugh Blaker. The collection itself was essentially complete by 1924 and was highly praised for the quality and the inclusion of French 19th century works, which consisted of over half of the 200 work collection. Corot was one of the first artists favoured by the sisters and this work is one of six landscapes by the artist purchased in 1910.