In the foreground a nun and a schoolgirl swing a skipping rope for a group of girls, whilst others in the background come to join them. Through the trees can be seen the shell of the Tuileries palace as it appeared after being burnt down during the Commune or siege in 1871. The ruins were eventually demolished between 4 December 1882 and 30 September 1883, hence the the painting can be securely dated to the period between 1871 and 1883.

Key facts

Artist dates
1835 - 1892
Full title
Nuns and Schoolgirls in the Tuileries Gardens, Paris
Date made
Medium and support
Oil on wood
15.7 x 23.7 cm
Inscription summary
Acquisition credit
Presented by Mrs H.W. Rawlinson, 1963
Inventory number
Location in Gallery