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Paysanne des environs de Caen gardant les vaches

Bergère ou la Fileuse

Emile-Jean-Horace Vernet (called Horace Vernet) (French, 1789–1863)

Catalogue Raisonné

Beraldi 189; Sanchez 34, only state


Sheet: 25.1 × 35 cm (9 7/8 × 13 3/4 in.) Image: 13 × 16.8 cm (5 1/8 × 6 5/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings



A peasant lady sits on a large stone in front of a fence. The edge of a pond is a short distance from her feet and in the lower right corner of the lithograph.The lady’s dress is the traditional dress for this area of France. It includes an apron over her dress, a large collar, a hat, and shoes. She wears earrings, a necklace, and a chain across her forehead. She holds a spindle in her left hand.
The fence is tied to a tree on its right. The left side of the fence is against a large rock. A bush grows behind the fence.
To the right of the tree are two cows. One is standing and faces off into the distance. The other cow is lying on the ground facing the peasant lady. In the distance, four cows are in the field. Two are standing and two are lying down.
Birds can be seen in the sky.
A hill rises in the background to the left.
Caen is an industrial city in Northwest France.


In stone: below image:l.l. H. Vernet 1818; VERSO c.c and 7.8 cm from bottom inside and around the edge of an oval MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS BOSTON MAS, inside is a smaller oval with 34452


By 1938 W. G. Russell Allen (1882 - 1955), Boston; 1938 Gift to MFA, Boston (Accession Date: April 14, 1938)

Credit Line

Gift of W. G. Russell Allen