The story of Snowdrop (Snow White) is one of Grimm’s Fairy Tales, but Batten would have taken the story from Andrew Lang’s Red Fairy Book first published in 1890. Batten also worked as a book illustrator and provided images for several collections of fairy tales in the 1890s. He was a pioneer of the late-Victorian revival of tempera painting (i.e. painting with egg yolk rather than oil) and this work is said to be his first painting in that medium.


  • Title: Snowdrop and the seven little men
  • Creator: John Dickson Batten
  • Date Created: 1897
  • Physical Dimensions: 49.2 x 89.2 cm stretcher; 77.5 x 116.5 x 5.5 cm frame
  • Provenance: John Dickson Batten, England, Purchased by the AGNSW from the artist 1897
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Purchased 1897
  • Medium: tempera on gesso on canvas
  • Signature & Date: Not signed. Not dated.
  • Object Other Titles: Snowdrop and the Dwarfs
  • Artist Country: England

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