This painting may be a study for The Woman driving a Cow (15¼ x 10½in.) purchased by the Gooden Collection (June 10, 1909). The setting of this vigorous sketch could be the Douarnenez region in Brittany. Stylistically this work dates to the 1870's.
This painting will be included in the forthcoming catalogue raisonné on Jules Breton by Annette Bourrut Lacouture, and we are grateful to her for her assistance in preparing this catalogue entry.