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Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Paintings, Room 82, The Edwin and Susan Davies Galleries

The Stone Breaker and His Daughter

Oil Painting
1830 (painted)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

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.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
oil on panel
Brief Description
Oil painting, 'The Stone Breaker and his Daughter', Edwin Henry Landseer, 1830
Physical Description
Oil painting
Dimensions
  • Estimate height: 45.7cm
  • Estimate width: 58.4cm
  • Framed height: 768mm
  • Framed width: 896mm
  • Framed depth: 80mm
Dimensions taken from Catalogue of British Oil Paintings 1820-1860, Ronald Parkinson, Victoria and Albert Museum, London: HMSO, 1990. Framed dims taken from object.
Style
Credit line
Bequeathed by John Jones
Object history
Bequeathed by John Jones, 1882
Subjects depicted
Summary
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.
Bibliographic References
  • 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
Collection
Accession Number
508-1882

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record createdDecember 15, 1999
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