The Bridge at Narni, c. 1826-1827
graphite on wove paper
30.4 x 46.6 cm
National Gallery of Canada (no. 9969)
Jean Baptiste Camille Corot made this drawing on his first trip to Italy, probably while he was staying in the neighbourhood of Narni in September 1826. The young artist was following in the footsteps of his teacher Michallon, who had visited the region to study the local landscape.
Apparently drawn from nature, the study was used for an oil painting that was completed in the studio and shown at the 1827 Salon, "The Bridge at Narni", which is now in the collection of the National Gallery of Canada. This bridge, built during the reign of the emperor Augustus, crosses the Nera, a river that runs through the ancient town of Narni.