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Oil painting - Cherries: a group of young women in a landscape
  • Cherries: a group of young women in a landscape
    Menn, Barthélemy, born 1815 - died 1893
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Cherries: a group of young women in a landscape

  • Object:

    Oil painting

  • Place of origin:

    France (possibly, painted)

  • Date:

    1840s-1850s (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Menn, Barthélemy, born 1815 - died 1893 (painter (artist))

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Oil on paper laid on cardboard

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Rev. Chauncey Hare Townshend

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Barthélemy Menn (1815-1893) was born in Geneva where he was taught by W. A. Töpffer and subsequently by Léonard Lugardon (1801-1884), a former pupil of Ingres and jean-Antoine Gros. Menn later studied with Ingres and followed him in Rome. He mostly produced portraits and landscapes close to the school of Barbizon although he made his debut with historical subjects. Menn taught two generations of painters including Maurice Dudevant, Georges Sand's son, and Ferdinand Hodler (1853-1918).

This painting is a fine example of Menn's transitional manner when he took his distance with history painting under the influence of Ingres and was attracted by a freer approach of nature developed by Corot and the school of Barbizon. It shows a group of women resting in a field. This type of idyllic outdoors scenes was mainly produced by Menn during the 1840s and 1850s.

Physical description

Women resting in a field under a tree, one is playing the lute, another standing is offering cherries to two women setaed on the grass, hilly landscape in the background.

Place of Origin

France (possibly, painted)


1840s-1850s (painted)


Menn, Barthélemy, born 1815 - died 1893 (painter (artist))

Materials and Techniques

Oil on paper laid on cardboard

Marks and inscriptions

'B Menn'
Signed by the artist, lower left


Height: 20.3 cm estimate painting, Width: 29.2 cm estimate painting, Height: 345 mm frame, Width: 430 mm frame, Depth: 65 mm frame

Object history note

Rev. Chauncey Hare Townshend, listed in the 1868 post-mortem register of the contents of his villa in Lausanne (V&A R/F MA/1/T1181) as 'Oil on millboard. Cherries. By B. Menn. In frame. Signed. Swiss. Present century'; bequeathed by Rev. Chauncey Hare Townshend, 1868.

Historical significance: The present painting is one of a group of 6 works by Menn, originally owned by the Rev. Townshend who gathered a rich collection of 19th-century landscape paintings. It is possible that Townshend acquired directly the painting from the artist as he had the habit of spending the winter in Lausanne, not far from Geneva.

Descriptive line

Oil painting, 'Cherries: a Group of Young Women in a Landscape', Barthélémy Menn, Swiss school, 1840s-1850s

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Kauffmann, C.M. Catalogue of Foreign Paintings, II. 1800-1900 , London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1973, pp. 70-71, cat. no. 155.


Oil paint; Paper (fiber product); Cardboard


Oil painting

Subjects depicted

Grass; Trees; Landscape; Cherries; Women; Lute; Genre scene




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