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After Johann Ludwig Aberli (1723 - 1786)

Swiss Peasant Girl


Museum number: P373

Curatorial note

This print, one of the many produced in the late 18th and early 19th centuries illustrating Swiss costumes was published in Switzerland with the title Paysanne de l'Argou and is a hand-coloured etching. It has been trimmed to remove the title and plate marks but was probably produced by Aberli (the artist) and the engraver Balthasar Anton Dunker (1746 - 1807) as recorded in the inscriptions on examples in the British Museum.

A young peasant girl is shown wearing a black and white dress with a striped apron over a white chemise [shirt], a ribbon around her wrist and black shoes. Her hair is in braids and she has a black ribbon around her head. She stands facing left on a country road, with a lake or pool beyond.

There are a number of hand-coloured versions of the same single image in the British Museum see BM 1958,0712.559 and 1958,0712.560. There is also an example (BM 1958,0712.561) in which this figure is printed on a larger landscape sheet alongside another costumed female figure titled Paysanne Servante à Berne; the pair illustrating the contrast between between peasant costume of the country and town.

Provenance help-art-provenance

The provenance of the three Swiss costume prints owned by Soane is unknown. He may have brought them back from Switzerland himself when he returned from his Grand Tour in 1780 but this seems unlikely as they are probably of a slightly later date.

Associated objects

P366, another similar
P375, another similar

If you have any further information about this object, please contact us: worksofart@soane.org.uk