One of a series of drawings and landscape sketches made by Millet on his journeys with his wife to Vichy in Central France in the summers of 1866-68 (for others see A. Murphy, Jean-François Millet, exhib. cat., Boston, Museum of Fine Arts, 1984, nos. 117-127). Away from his studio, where he was distracted by his unfinished figure paintings, he was able to concentrate on landscapes. Almost two hundred drawings and watercolours resulted from this relaxation, of which perhaps as many as fifty were worked up into paintings and pastels (A. Murphy, op. cit., p. 177).