, painting by Albert Anker.
Albert Anker (1831-1910) was a Swiss painter and illustrator. He painted with great realism and often portrayed the life of children. He is therefore a good source on this subject in the second half of the 19th century.
Among his works are several that depict school scenes, which give a good impression of teaching in that era, including the canes used by the teachers to threaten and punish the students.
Mädchen, die Haare flechtend (1887).
Das Schulexamen (greyscale copy) (1862).
Detail from Das Schulexamen (1862), in color.
Dorfschule im Schwarzwald (1858).
Die Dorfschule von 1848 (1895/96).
Die Dorfschule von 1848 (1895/96, bigger version).
Schüler mit Schiefertafel (schoolboy with slate) (1881).