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  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (drawn)

  • Date:

    ca. 1890 (drawn)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Nister, Ernest, born 1842 - died 1909 (publisher)

  • 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 three scenes from the fairy tale Cinderella. At the top left, Cinderella in rags assists a woman in styling her hair in front of a mirror. Below, another scene: a fairy godmother holds a wand and taps the wand on the head of a mouse. The mouse is sitting on top of a pumkin by the fire. Six mice run away from the fairy godmother. Below, another scene: Cinderella dressed in a ball gown and holding an Ostrich feather fan. Two boys hold her train.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (drawn)


ca. 1890 (drawn)


Nister, Ernest, born 1842 - died 1909 (publisher)

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.

Inscription in pencil on the back of the mount.

Inscription in pencil on the back of the illustration.


Height: 32 cm Image, Width: 19 cm Image

Descriptive line

Unsigned ink and watercolour painting for Ernest Nister publication illustrating the fairy tale 'Cinderella', ca. 1890.


Ink; Paper; Watercolour


Drawing (image making)

Subjects depicted

Slippers; Mouse (animal)


Illustration; Books; Children & Childhood; National Art Library

Production Type



National Art Library

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