Swiss 1824 - 1914
The Valley of the River Gardon, near Nîmes, with the Pont du Gard in the distance

Oil on board, signed with initial lower right
Image size: 8 3/4 x 16 1/4 inches
Original gilt frame

Exhibition label verso

The Pont du Gard is an ancientRoman aqueduct bridge built in the first century AD to carry water over thirty-one miles to the Roman colony of Nemausus , now Nimes.  It crosses the river Gardon near the town of Vers-Pont-du-Gard in  Southern France.

The Pont du Gard is the highest of all Roman  aqueduct bridges, as well as one of the best preserved. It was added to  UNESCO’s list of   World Heritage sites in 1985 because of its historical importance.

Duval studied painting with Alexandre Diday, a landscape painter. In his paintings one finds his love for the calm of the landscape and the distant horizons.

As an Orientalist he made his first trip to Egypt in 1869, where he followed the course of the Nile. He made a second trip in 1874 with his painter friend Louis Auguste Veillon. He made a last trip to Egypt in 1883.