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  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (drawn)

  • Date:

    ca. 1890 (drawn)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Nister, Ernest, born 1842 - died 1909 (publisher)
    Heatly, E. (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.

Physical description

Ink and watercolour drawing illustrating a scene from the fairy tale Cinderella. Depicts a prince kneeling on the ground, holding a glass slipper which he is attempting to fit onto Cinderella, who is dressed in rags. In the background, several woman and servants look on.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (drawn)


ca. 1890 (drawn)


Nister, Ernest, born 1842 - died 1909 (publisher)
Heatly, E. (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Ink and opaque water-colour on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'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.

'XXXI' '3154' ' 'NS' 12/12' '61'
Inscriptions in blue pencil on the back of the mount.

'Cinderella' '3155'
Inscriptions in pencil on the back of the mount.

Monogram in ink on the illustration.


Height: 43 cm Mount, Width: 32 cm Mount, Height: 36 cm Image, Width: 21 cm Image

Descriptive line

Ink and watercolour painting by E. Heatly for Ernest Nister publication illustrating the fairy tale 'Cinderella', ca. 1890.


Ink; Paper; Watercolour


Drawing (image making)

Subjects depicted

Princes; Slippers


Illustration; Books; Children & Childhood; National Art Library

Production Type



National Art Library

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