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Oil painting - The Stone Breaker and His Daughter
  • The Stone Breaker and His Daughter
    Landseer, Edwin Henry
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The Stone Breaker and His Daughter

  • Object:

    Oil painting

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (painted)

  • Date:

    1830 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Landseer, Edwin Henry (Sir), born 1802 - died 1873 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    oil on panel

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by John Jones

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Paintings, Room 82, The Edwin and Susan Davies Galleries, case WEST WALL

Stone breakers shattered rocks to lay the new roads that transformed communications during the early 19th century. The painting contrasts the worn-out labourer with the fresh-faced girl. It is the earliest of several sympathetic depictions by various artists of this badly paid and backbreaking work.

Physical description

Oil painting

Place of Origin

Great Britain (painted)


1830 (painted)


Landseer, Edwin Henry (Sir), born 1802 - died 1873 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

oil on panel


Height: 45.7 cm estimate, Width: 58.4 cm estimate, Height: 768 mm framed, Width: 896 mm framed, Depth: 80 mm framed

Object history note

Bequeathed by John Jones, 1882

Descriptive line

Oil painting, 'The Stone Breaker and his Daughter', Edwin Henry Landseer, 1830

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

Catalogue of British Oil Paintings 1820-1860, Ronald Parkinson, Victoria and Albert Museum, London: HMSO, 1990, p. 151
Richard Ormond, Monarch of the Glen: Landseer in the Highlands. Edinburgh: National Galleries of Scotland, 2005.
100 Great Paintings in The Victoria & Albert Museum. London: V&A, 1985, p.124


Oil paint; Panel


Oil painting

Subjects depicted

Children; Figures; Dog (animal)


Paintings; Images Online; Anthropomorphism


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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