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The Ingoldsby Legends

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (drawn)

  • Date:

    ca. 1910 (drawn)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Adams, Frank (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Ink and opaque water-colour on paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Ernest Nister (1842-1909) began his publishing career in 1885 when he acquired a lithographic workshop in Nürnberg and printed books for London publishers. In 1888 he became a publisher in his own right with offices at 24 St. Bride Street, London. He appointed the writer and editor, Robert Ellice Mack, as director.

Nister specialised in high quality colour printing for children in the last quarter of the 19th century. Movable books with various mechanisms became his speciality after 1890 (when be published his first stand-up book) but he also produced numerous picture books, annuals, poetry, nursery rhymes, calendars and greetings cards. He worked with a core of writers, including Clifton Bingham and Robert Ellice Mack, and illustrators, in particular Eveline Lance, Harriett M. Bennett, Edith A. Cubitt and Rosa Petherick.

Frank Adams' drawing, 'The Jackdaw of Rheims', was commissioned by Ernest Nister to illustrate The Ingoldsby Legends by Richard H. Barham, published ca.1910.

Physical description

Ink and watercolour drawing illustrating The jackdaw of Rheims from the Ingoldsby legends by Richard H. Barham. Depicts the Cardinal Lord Archbishop of Rheims seated at a table. On the table are apples and a tankard. A jackdaw sits net to the Cardinal on the table and eyes the Cardinal's ring which has slipped off his finger. In the background, a group of five choir boys. A blonde haired boy pours water from a gold ewer into a gold basin.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (drawn)


ca. 1910 (drawn)


Adams, Frank (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Ink and opaque water-colour on paper

Marks and inscriptions

Inscription in pencil on the back of the mount.

'From the Library of Anne Renier and F.G. Renier'
Bookplate label stuck onto the back of the mount.

Inscription in ink on the top right hand corner of the back of the mount.

'Ernest Nister. Order No. 41889/7. Use.'
Ink stamp on the back of the mount. The order no. is is ink.

'XXXI' '9950' '12/12' 'C' '25'
Inscriptions in blue pencil on the back of the mount.

Ink marks
Black ink marks on the back of the mount.

Artist's signature on the bottom left hand corner of the illustration.


Height: 36 cm Mount, Width: 37 cm Mount, Height: 23 cm Image, Width: 23 cm Image

Descriptive line

Ink and watercolour painting by Frank Adams; illustration commissioned by Ernest Nister for 'Ingoldsby Legends' by Richard H. Barham, ca. 1910.


Ink; Paper; Watercolour


Drawing (image making)

Subjects depicted

Cardinals; Birds; Signet rings


Illustration; Books; Children & Childhood; National Art Library

Production Type



National Art Library

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