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Oil painting - Snow scene: children leaving school
  • Snow scene: children leaving school
    Vautier, Benjamin, born 1829 - died 1898
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Snow scene: children leaving school

  • Object:

    Oil painting

  • Place of origin:

    Dusseldorf (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    1850s (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Vautier, Benjamin, born 1829 - died 1898 (painter (artist))

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Oil on canvas

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Rev. Chauncey Hare Townshend

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Benjamin Vautier (1829-1898) was born in Morges, near Lausanne. He first took drawing lessons from Jules Hébert (1812-1897) and subsequently became a pupil of Carl Ferdinand Sohn (1805-1867) and Rudolf Jordan (1810-1887) in Düsseldorf (1850-53). In 1857 he settled permanently in Düsseldorf and achieved a successful career.

This painting is a fine example of Vautier's genre scenes, a category he specialised exclusively. The present work shows a group of children after school and was probably executed based on some ethnographic studies Vautier brought back from the Bernese Oberland. By comparison with similar compositions, Vautier probably painted this composition in the 1850s. This type of sentimental and anecdotic genre scene was quite popular and attracted collectors during the second half of the 19th century.

Physical description

A group of children leaving school under the attendance of a teacher standing on the top of the stairs in front of a school in a village covered with snow.

Place of Origin

Dusseldorf (possibly, made)


1850s (painted)


Vautier, Benjamin, born 1829 - died 1898 (painter (artist))

Materials and Techniques

Oil on canvas

Marks and inscriptions

Signed by the artist on stone, lower right


Height: 47.6 cm estimate, Width: 36.2 cm estimate, :

Object history note

Bequeathed by Rev. Chauncey Hare Townshend, 1868

Descriptive line

Oil painting, 'Snow Scene: Children Leaving School', Benjamin Vautier, Swiss school, 1850s

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

Kauffmann, C.M. Catalogue of Foreign Paintings, II. 1800-1900 , London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1973, p. 101, cat. no. 220.


Oil paint; Canvas


Oil painting

Subjects depicted

Children; Village; Teacher; Snow; Genre scene; School


Paintings; Children & Childhood


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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