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Oil painting - Vintage on the banks of the Arve near Geneva
  • Vintage on the banks of the Arve near Geneva
    Rischgitz, Paul Edouard, born 1828 - died 1909
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Vintage on the banks of the Arve near Geneva

  • Object:

    Oil painting

  • Place of origin:

    Geneva (probably, painted)

  • Date:

    1857 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Rischgitz, Paul Edouard, born 1828 - died 1909 (painter (artist))

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Oil on canvas

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Rev. Chauncey Hare Townshend

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Paul Edouard Rischgitz (1828-1909) was born in Geneva. He became a pupil of Corot in France and subsequently spent four years working for the Minton porcelain factory. He settled in London in 1870 and was engaged as a tutor to the royal family.

Rischgitz was essentially a landscape painter in the tradition inaugurated by Corot and the Realist movement in France. It depicts a group of people harvesting grapes in a sunny day. This painting is a fine example of his oeuvre characterised by a free brushwork, warm palette and subtle light effects. This type of painting was particularly popular in the second half of the 19th century.

Physical description

A group of people harvesting grapes in a vineyard with a house surrounded by trees in the mid distance.

Place of Origin

Geneva (probably, painted)


1857 (painted)


Rischgitz, Paul Edouard, born 1828 - died 1909 (painter (artist))

Materials and Techniques

Oil on canvas

Marks and inscriptions

'E. Rischgitz 1857'
Signed and dated by the artist, lower right


Height: 45.7 cm estimate, Width: 75 cm estimate, :

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 Canvas. Vintage on the banks of the Arves, near Geneva. By Edward Rischgitz. In frame. Signed. Swiss. Dated 1857'; bequeathed by Rev. Chauncey Hare Townshend, 1868.

Historical significance: This painting was bequeathed by the Rev. Townshend who owned a large collection of 19th-century landscape paintings. It is not unlikely that Townshend, who resided part of the year in Lausanne, acquired this painting directly from the artist.

Descriptive line

Oil painting, 'Vintage on the Banks of the Arves near Geneva', Paul Edouard Rischgitz, Swiss school, 1857

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

Kauffmann, C.M. Catalogue of Foreign Paintings, II. 1800-1900 , London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1973, pp. 85-86, cat. no. 186.


Oil paint; Canvas


Oil painting

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