P. 314 x 236 mm; S. 501 x 340 mm
Provenance: the Henri M. Petiet collection, with the HMP wetstamp on the reverse (not cited in Lugt)
This masterful etching contains all of Corot's artistic predilections, including the dark foreground with a sombre copse of trees that serves to frame the city afar, all set against a dusky sky.
Corot's etching was
graphically complete in this first state; he seemed to know unerringly
effects that he was seeking. Later states only concern the
lettering and certain reworked features, due to the numerous
reprintings of the plate, which is one of the reasons that this
impression is such high quality.
* According to Melot, there were only a few "rare proofs" ("rares épreuves") pulled of this first state.