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Sketch at Scheveningen
oil on canvas
18.1 × 30.1 cm
incised in paint l.l.: Scheveningen
Accession Number
International Painting
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest, 1906
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Gallery location
19th Century European Paintings Gallery
Level 2, NGV International
Subjects (general)
Cityscapes Human Figures
Subjects (specific)
children (people by age group) dunes Netherlands (nation) Scheveningen (inhabited place) windmills women (female humans)
In 1854 Corot visited Holland with the artist Constant Dutilleux, who wrote: ‘We make for the sea, 1st study in the dunes with Scheveningen in the background’. Corot later used his Dutch sketches for larger salon paintings that he called ‘souvenirs’. His studies of Scheveningen were much admired by fellow artists, including Antoine Vollon who may have owned this painting. In 1883 Vincent Van Gogh wrote: ‘Going back … thirty years, forty, even fifty years [Corot and Daubigny] began to paint the dunes [of Scheveningen] in their true character … where the soil is almost untrodden by bathing guests’.