Corot based the background of this small painting on a plein-air study of identical dimensions, View of Genzano (2009.400.29). In place of its empty foreground, however, he developed the composition by adding figures, a road, rocks, and trees. It is likely that Corot completed this landscape in the studio of his compatriot Achille Benouville (1815–1891), as a gift for Alexis-René Le Go (1798–1883), secretary of the French Academy in Rome.
Inscription: Signed (lower left): C. COROT.
the artist, Rome (reportedly given in 1843 to Le Go); Alexis-René Le Go, Rome and La Seyne-sur-Mer, Var (until d. 1883); Le Go family, by descent (sold to Hopkins-Thomas-Custot); [Galerie Hopkins-Thomas-Custot, Paris]; Eugene V. Thaw, New York (by 2002–9)
New York. Pierpont Morgan Library. "The Thaw Collection: Master Drawings and Oil Sketches, Acquisitions Since 1994," September 27, 2002–January 19, 2003, no. 91 (as "The Hills of Genzano with a Rider and Peasants").
Copenhagen. Statens Museum for Kunst. "Turner and Romantic Nature," September 4, 2004–January 9, 2005, no. 52 (as "The Hills of Genzano with a Rider and a Peasant").
New York. Morgan Library & Museum. "Studying Nature: Oil Sketches from the Thaw Collection," January 23–August 30, 2009, unnum. checklist (as "View of Genzano with a Rider and Peasant").
Cara Dufour Denison inThe Thaw Collection: Master Drawings and Oil Sketches, Acquisitions Since 1994. Exh. cat., Pierpont Morgan Library. New York, 2002, pp. 198–99, no. 91, ill. (color), states that it was painted outdoors, probably in summer 1826, noting as well that the artist returned to Genzano in 1843; relates that "Corot presented this work to M. Alexis Le Go (1798–1883), whom Ingres had appointed librarian of the French Academy in gratitude for the care he received at the [Villa Medici, Rome], after a sudden illness".
Kasper Monrad. Turner and Romantic Nature. Exh. cat., Statens Museum for Kunst. Copenhagen, 2004, pp. 91, 96, 244, no. 52, ill. (color), dates it about 1843; states that this painting's composition is based on MMA 2009.400.29, and that it was presumably completed in the studio, with the addition of details that give it a "clearer structure".
Asher E. Miller in "Recent Acquisitions, A Selection: 2008–2010." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 68 (Fall 2010), pp. 47–49.
John House. "Impressionism and the Open-Air Oil Sketch." Studying Nature: Oil Sketches from the Thaw Collection. Ed. Jennifer Tonkovich. New York, 2011, pp. 91–92, fig. 75A (color), notes that it is an elaboration of 2009.400.29, that it belongs to a category of "small canvases designed for commercial sale," and that "Corot considered [this work] suitable for sale".
Esther Bell. "Catalogue Raisonné of the Thaw Collection." Studying Nature: Oil Sketches from the Thaw Collection. Ed. Jennifer Tonkovich. New York, 2011, p. 111, no. 30, ill. (color), calls it "View of Genzano with a Rider and Peasants".