A Girl Writing; The Pet Goldfinch

Henriette Browneca. 1870 (painted) - 1874

The Victoria and Albert Museum

The Victoria and Albert Museum

Oil on canvas, 'The Pet Goldfinch', Henriette Browne, ca. 1870

Show lessRead more


  • Title: A Girl Writing; The Pet Goldfinch
  • Date Created: ca. 1870 (painted) - 1874
  • Type: Oil painting
  • Rights: Dixon Bequest
  • External Link: http://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O90601
  • painter (artist): Browne, Henriette
  • painted: France, Republic of France Europe
  • Subjects Depicted: girl; birds, goldfinches; page; pen; book; apple; flowers
  • Place Part Of: Republic of France Europe
  • More Information: Henriette Browne was the pseudonym for Mme Jules de Saux, née Sophie Boutellier (1829-1901). She specialised in genre scenes, especially Near-Eastern and religious subjects, as well as portraits. She also worked as an engraver. She started exhibiting at the Salon in Paris in 1853 and exhibited at the Royal Academy, London, between 1871 and 1879. This painting is a fine example of Henriette Browne’s output as it combines a genre scene, a little girl distracted while doing her homework and a child portrait. The interest in everyday life and close observation of nature is characteristic of the French Realist movement emerged in the 1840s.
  • Materials and Techniques: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: Height: 74 cm canvas, Width: 92 cm canvas, Depth: 2 cm canvas, Height: 108 cm frame, Width: 127.8 cm frame, Depth: 12 cm frame