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Goatherd of Terni

Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, French, 1796 - 1875

Made in France, Europe

c. 1871

Oil on canvas

32 3/8 x 24 5/8 inches (82.2 x 62.5 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

* Gallery 250, European Art 1850-1900, second floor

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Credit Line:
Bequest of Charlotte Dorrance Wright, 1978

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From the 1850s through the end of his life, Corot increasingly relied on memories of his travels, inventing a new genre of poetic painting, his “souvenirs” of special places. He made this work some forty-five years after his initial visit to Terni, a city north of Rome. It could illustrate the final lines of Virgil’s Eclogues: “Get home, my full-fed goats, get home—the Evening Star draws on.”


Docteur Dieulafoy, 1875 [1]. With Howard Young Galleries, New York, as of April 1930 [2]. With Scott and Fowles, New York; sold to Charlotte Dorrance Wright (1911-1977) and William Coxe Wright (d. 1970), St. Davids, PA, July 17, 1952, until his d. 1970 [3]; Charlotte Dorrance Wright; bequest to PMA, 1978. 1. Paris, L'Ecole nationale des Beaux-Arts, "Exposition de l'oeuvre de Corot," May 1875, no. 165 [as 'Le Rocher d'Etretat']. In Robaut's catalogue raisonné of 1905, Dieulafoy is listed as the owner. Probably Paul Georges Dieulafoy (1839-1911), a prominent doctor and a collector of Corot. 2. The Frick photoarchives mount (517-1 F3) gives the Howard Young Galleries date as April 1930 and has the notation "F.S. Sarastano 8387." See also A. Frankfurter, "Masterpieces of Landscape Painting in American Collections," The Fine Arts, December 1931, color illustration, p. 33, as the collection of Mr. Howard Young, New York. 3. Information from 1977 Dorrance Wright estate inventory by Carroll Hogan (registrar file).

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