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  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (drawn)

  • Date:

    ca. 1890 (drawn)

  • 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 depicting cyclists. The main image consists of a woman on a bicycle. A man stares at the woman eagerly while his female partner holds his arm in surprise. A piece of paper has been pasted onto the top left of the illustration depicting three cyclists.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (drawn)


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.

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

Inscription in blue pencil on the back of the illustration.

Ink inscription on the back of the mount.

Ink inscription on a label on the top right hand corner of the back of the mount.

Inscription in pencil on the back of the mount.


Width: 13.3 cm Image, Height: 27.7 cm mount, Width: 23.5 cm mount, Height: 16.5 cm image


Ink; Paper; Watercolour


Drawing (image making)

Subjects depicted

Bicycles; Cyclists


Illustration; Books; Children & Childhood; National Art Library

Production Type



National Art Library

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