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The King was in the counting-house.

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (drawn)

  • Date:

    1896 (drawn)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Morgan, Walter Jenks, born 1847 - died 1924 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil on paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Walter Jenks Morgan (1847-1924) was an illustrator and genre painter. Born at Bilston, and educated at Sir Robert Peel's School, Tamworth, Morgan moved to Birmingham and became apprenticed to a lithographer. He studied at the Birmingham School of Art and the Birmingham Society of Artists and produced illustrations for several magazines, including The Graphic and Illustrated London News. He exhibited widely, including at the Royal Academy, the New Watercolour Society and the Royal Society of British Artists, and he became President of both the Birmingham Art Circle and the Midlands Art Club.

Physical description

Illustration for colour bookplate on page 23 of Nursery rhymes and fables, collected and illustrated by Walter Jenks Morgan. Illustrates the nursery rhyme '
Sing a song of sixpence, and depicts a King in a counting-house counting out his money.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (drawn)


1896 (drawn)


Morgan, Walter Jenks, born 1847 - died 1924 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Pencil on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'The King was in the counting-house counting out his money'
Inscription in pencil on the illustration.

'Renier and 'AR'
Inscription in ink on the back of the drawing.

On the back of the drawing.

Inscription in pencil on the front of the mount.


Height: 20 cm, Width: 15.4 cm

Descriptive line

Pencil drawing by Walter Jenks Morgan. Illustration for 'Nursery rhymes and fables', collected and illustrated by Walter Jenks Morgan, published in London by the Christian Knowledge Society, 1896.


Pencil; Paper


Drawing (image-making)

Subjects depicted

Kings; Money


Illustration; Books; Children & Childhood; National Art Library

Production Type



National Art Library

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