William Tell

Stories for Children

Stories of William Tell and His Friends Told to the Children by Henrietta Marshall.

Beacon Reader (1932).

Heroes Every Child Should Know by Hamilton Wright Mabie (Doubleday, 1907).


William Tell by William Cullen Bryant (1794–1878)

William Tell by Friedrich von Schiller (1759–1805)

These verses accompanied a copy of his play.

Tell’s Birthplace by Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772–1834)

In the town of Bürglen, you may visit the William Tell Chapel, its exterior painted with frescoes.

William Tell by Friedrich von Schiller (1759–1805)

This poem refers to Küssnacht, the home of Austrian Bailiff Gessler, Gesslerburg Castle, and yet a third Tellskapelle. Enjoy this nicely documented visit to the Tellskapelle at Hohle Gasse.

The Chapel of Tell (On the Lake of Lucerne) by Aubrey Thomas de Vere (1814–1902)

Another Tellskapelle on Lake Lucerne marks where William Tell leaped from the boat of his captors. It preserves frescoes by Ernst Stückelberg. Look at the painting of the chapel by Johann Heinrich Neukomm (see below under “Art”). Enjoy this photo album of a visit to the chapel.

Song of the Battle of Morgarten by Felicia Hemans (1793–1835)

Tell was purportedly at the Battle of Morgarten in 1315, and here he shoots the first arrow.

The Death of Tell by Henry Morford (1823–1881)

This poems takes place in the Schächental, the valley of the River Schächen. Enjoy this video of a stunning waterfall that you may there visit.

Effusion in Presence of the Painted Tower of Tell, at Altorf by William Wordsworth (1770–1850)

Wordsworth likely refers to the tower before which Kissling’s statue of William Tell and his son stands (but which postdates this poem; see below under “Art”). According to the English Wikipedia article on the town of Altdorf, the Türmli preserves “rude frescoes,” but no other information about them can be found.


William Tell by Friedrich von Schiller (excerpts here)


The William Tell Overture (background) to the opera William Tell by Gioacchino Rossini (background) based on Schiller’s play.


Wallfahrt zur Tellskapelle in Brunnen (ca. 1830) by Johann Heinrich Neukomm

There are many such paintings. Here is another by an unnamed artist.

The Tell Monument (1895) by Richard Kissling in Altdorf.

Wilhelm Tell (1896-1897) by Ferdinand Hodler.

Arrest of William Tell (1901) a mosaic by Hans Sandreuter at the Landesmuseum in Zurich

Other Works of Art Depicting William Tell at the Landesmuseum in Zurich

Works of Art at the British Museum Depicting William Tell

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