Snowdrop and the seven little men
John Dickson Batten
08 Oct 1860 - 05 Aug 1932
Snowdrop and the Dwarfs
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.
Shown in 4 exhibitions
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?
John Dickson Batten, England, Purchased by the AGNSW from the artist 1897
Referenced in 11 publications
Aymer Vallance, The Studio, 'The Revival of Tempera Painting', London, 1901, pp 155–65: illus p 158. As 'Snowdrop and the Dwarfs'.
Unknown 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'.
Renée Free, Art Gallery of New South Wales catalogue of British paintings, Sydney, 1987, p 12, illus p 12.
National Art Gallery of NSW: illustrated catalogue, Sydney, 1906. States this is Batten's first work executed in tempera.
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.
Looking for faeries: the Victorian tradition, 'The legacy of English fairy painting', Bendigo, 2010, np, col illus.
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of New South Wales annual report 2010–11, Sydney, 2011, p 115.