He visited Italy on three occasions with two of his Roman Studies hanging in the Louvre. Granting that he was noted to have learned nothing from his mentors and masters, he was a regular contributor of the Salon where in 1846 the French Government awarded him. He was decorated with the cross of the Legion dfHonneur and was promoted as an officer in1867. Many of his friends and supporters considered him to be officially neglected and it was only in 1874 which was only a few years before his death that he was presented a gold medal in recognition of his accomplishments. Corot had many followers that called themselves as his students such as; Camile Pissarro, Eugene Boudin, Berthe Morisot, Stanislas Lepine, Antoine Chintreuil, Francois-Louis Francais, Le Roux and Alexander de Faux. During the last few years of his life, many of his works were sold for huge amounts of money due to a great demand for his works. He was also known for his generosity and in 1871 during the siege of Paris by the Prussians; he donated 2000 for the poor. During the Paris Commune, he was at Arras with Alfred Robaut. He bought a house in Auvers as a gift to Honore Daumier who was then blind and homeless. He donated 10,000 Francs to the widow of Millet for her to support her children and he also paid for the keep of a day care center Vandrezanne in Paris.