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Drawing - Mother mouse saving her children from a mouse-trap
  • Mother mouse saving her children from a mouse-trap
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Mother mouse saving her children from a mouse-trap

  • Object:

    Drawing

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (drawn)

  • Date:

    ca. 1890 (drawn)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Ink and opaque water-colour on paper

  • Museum number:

    RENIER.237

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Ernest Nister (1842-1909) began his publishing career in 1885 when he acquired a lithographic workshop in N├╝rnberg 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 depicting three mice and a mouse trap. A 'mother' mouse in female clothes grabs the tail of a little mouse who is enticed to enter a mouse trap with the sign 'Entrance free cheese for nothing'. In the mother mouses's other paw she holds a baby mouse.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (drawn)

Date

ca. 1890 (drawn)

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.

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

'192'
Inscription in blue pencil on the back of the illustration.

'XVII'
Pencil inscription on the back of the mount.

'12/12'
Inscription in blue pencil on the back of the mount

'NS'
Inscription in blue pencil on the back of the mount.

'2039'
Inscription in pencil on the back of the mount.

'7039'
Inscription in ink on a label on the back of the mount.

Dimensions

Width: 16.5 cm Image, Height: 23.5 cm mount, Width: 27.5 cm mount, Height: 13 cm image

Materials

Ink; Paper; Watercolour

Techniques

Drawing (image making)

Subjects depicted

Traps (trapping equipment); Mouse (animal)

Categories

Illustration; Books; Children & Childhood

Production Type

Unique

Collection

National Art Library

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