Snow Play In Art and Illustration


‘You Durns’t’ (1905) Arthur John Elsley English
Children Playing in the Snow, Jessie Willcox Smith (1863-1935)
Jenny Nystrom Snowball Prank

A whole town comes together in carnivalesque fashion for a snow fight in the wonderful scene below.

The Bumper Book For Children
The Bumper Book For Children
Farmer's Wife Magazine February 1935 cover art
Farmer’s Wife Magazine February 1935 cover art
Farmer’s Wife Magazine January 1936
Erik Henningsen (1855 - 1930) Fra Buegangene , 1900
Erik Henningsen (1855 – 1930) Fra Buegangene , 1900
Lowell Hess, My Christmas Treasury, 1957
Lowell Hess, My Christmas Treasury, 1957
Norman Mills Price (1877 - 1951)
Norman Mills Price (1877 – 1951)
HILDA VAN STOCKUM, A Day on Skates, The Story of a Dutch Picnic, 1934, snow fight
HILDA VAN STOCKUM, A Day on Skates, The Story of a Dutch Picnic, 1934
AJ Wall 'Give em some more' from A Night In The Woods And Other Tales and Sketches
AJ Wall ‘Give em some more’ from A Night In The Woods And Other Tales and Sketches
Brian Shields, Liverpool painter (1951-1997)  snow
Brian Shields, Liverpool painter (1951-1997)
The Juvenile almanack, or, Series of monthly emblems c1822-1824
The Juvenile almanack, or, Series of monthly emblems c1822-1824
Schnick schnack trifles for the little-ones by Oscar Pletsch 1867 snow play
Schnick schnack trifles for the little-ones by Oscar Pletsch 1867
The Toboggan Slide from The Night Before Christmas And Other Popular Stories For Children
The Toboggan Slide from The Night Before Christmas And Other Popular Stories For Children
Stuck with Baby Brother art by Angus Macdonnal for The Saturday Evening Post 1922. A boy of about 10 babysits a younger sibling in a crate on a sled while another boy skates with glee in the background.
Stuck with Baby Brother art by Angus Macdonnal for The Saturday Evening Post 1922
Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas by Russell Hoban, illustrated by Lillian Hoban (1971)
Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas by Russell Hoban, illustrated by Lillian Hoban (1971)
White Snow Bright Snow by Alvin Tresselt illustrated by Roger Duvoisin cover
White Snow Bright Snow by Alvin Tresselt illustrated by Roger Duvoisin
William Steig, cover illustration for The New Yorker magazine, February 4, 1939
Conte De Noel, Charles Dickens, illustrations by A.Pecoud (Paris 1952) snow play
Clara Powers Wilson from 'The Pixie In The House by Laura Rountree Smith, 1915 shovelling snow
Clara Powers Wilson from ‘The Pixie In The House by Laura Rountree Smith, 1915. Maybe this bunny is trying to convince us he’s shovelling snow but I think by the positioning of his paws he’s just playin.
Roger Duvoison, 1963. This snow shoveller also seems to be enjoying the snow.

A father returns home from work with neighbourhood kids waiting for him behind snow forts.

John Falter (American, 1910-1982) 'Snowy Ambush' 1959
John Falter (American, 1910-1982) ‘Snowy Ambush’ 1959
Now That Days Are Colder by Aileen Fisher, Designed & Illustrated by Gordon Laite, Lettering by Paul Taylor (1973) snow play
Now That Days Are Colder by Aileen Fisher, Designed & Illustrated by Gordon Laite, Lettering by Paul Taylor (1973)

In the scene below, residents shovel snow from their driveways while children frolick nearby.

Prelude - The early life of Eileen Joyce C.H. Abrahall, illustrated by Anna Zinkeisen. Published by Oxford University Press 1950 snow play
Prelude – The early life of Eileen Joyce C.H. Abrahall, illustrated by Anna Zinkeisen. Published by Oxford University Press 1950.
William Kurelek (Ukrainian Canadian 1927-1977) Balsam Ave. After Heavy Snow (1972)
John Falter (American, 1910-1982), ‘Snow Angels’ for the January 10 edition of The Saturday Evening Post (1953)

But perhaps the most comfortable way to enjoy the snow is through the glass of your conservatory.

Mary Petty (American, 1899-1976) 1952 conservatory snow
Lemon girl young adult novella

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Header illustration: Italian magazine ‘Seasons – Fall, Winter’ Illustrator not found c1890 (The illustrator was probably either German or influenced by German art.)