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Simple Simon went a fishing for to catch a whale.

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (drawn)

  • Date:

    1896 (drawn)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • 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 black and white bookplate on page 17 of Nursery rhymes and fables, collected and illustrated by Walter Jenks Morgan. Illustrates the nursery rhyme Simple Simon and depicts Simple Simon fishing in a pail of water while a dog observes.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (drawn)


1896 (drawn)


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

Marks and inscriptions

'Simple Simon went a fishing to catch a whale. All the water he had got was in his mother's pail'.
Inscription in pencil on the illustration.

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

Inscription in pencil on the front of the mount.

Scribbles in pencil on the back of the illustration.

Artist's signature in pencil on the front of the illustration.


Height: 19.5 cm, Width: 12.7 cm


Paper; Pencil


Drawing (image making)

Subjects depicted

Dogs; Fishing; Pails


Books; Illustration; Children & Childhood; National Art Library

Production Type



National Art Library

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