Skip to content


An image of Snowdrop and the seven little men by John Dickson Batten

John Dickson Batten

(England 08 Oct 1860 – 05 Aug 1932)

Snowdrop and the seven little men
Other titles:
Snowdrop and the Dwarfs
Media category
Materials used
tempera on gesso on canvas

49.2 x 89.2 cm stretcher; 77.5 x 116.5 x 5.5 cm frame

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Purchased 1897
Accession number
19th c European art
Provenance (1)

John Dickson Batten, England, Purchased by the AGNSW from the artist 1897

Bibliography (11)

Anna Clabburn, Looking for faeries: the Victorian tradition, 'The legacy of English fairy painting', Bendigo, 2010, np, col illus.

Renée Free, Art Gallery of New South Wales catalogue of British paintings, Sydney, 1987, p 12, illus p 12.

Anne Kirker and Peter Tomory, British painting 1800–1990 in Australian and New Zealand public collections, Sydney, 1997, p 47, no 85. As 'Snow white and the seven little men'.

Aymer Vallance, The Studio, 'The Revival of Tempera Painting', London, 1901, pp 155–65: illus p 158. As 'Snowdrop and the Dwarfs'.

Twenty-seventh autumn exhibition of modern pictures in oil and watercolours, Liverpool, 1897, p 40, no 572.

Sydney Morning Herald, 'Art Matters', Sydney, 23 Mar 1898, p 3.

Daily Telegraph, 'Art Gallery purchases', Sydney, 23 May 1898, p 3.

National Art Gallery of New South Wales (report of trustees for the year 1898), Sydney, 1899, p 2. As watercolour.

National Art Gallery of NSW illustrated catalogue, Sydney, 1906, p 83, no 76.

Art Gallery of New South Wales annual report 2011, Sydney, 2011, p 115.

National Art Gallery of NSW: illustrated catalogue, Sydney, 1906. States this is Batten's first work executed in tempera.

Exhibition history (4)

Unknown, Walker Art Gallery 1897, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, 1897–1897

British and European watercolours - the first thirty years of the collection 1875-1906, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 13 Apr 1996–02 Jun 1996

Looking for faeries: The Victorian tradition, Bendigo Art Gallery, Victoria, 16 Oct 2010–28 Nov 2010

Unknown, New Gallery, New Gallery, London, 1897?–1897?