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Beauty and the Beast

  • Object:

    Drawing

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (painted)

  • Date:

    ca. 1892 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Andrews, Eddie J. (artist)
    Nister, Ernest, born 1842 - died 1909 (publisher)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Watercolour on card

  • Museum number:

    RENIER.242

  • 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 such as Eveline Lance, Harriett M. Bennett, Edith A. Cubitt and Rosa Petherick.

Eddie J. Andrews produced this illustration of Beauty and the Beast ca.1892 for A Long Time Ago: a collection of favourite stories retold by Mrs. Oscar Wilde and others, illustrated by Eddie J. Andrews and R.A. Bell and published by Ernest Nister. The illustration also appears in another Nister publication, Picture House; with ever so many stories.

Physical description

Watercolour drawing by Eddie J. Andrews illustrating 'Beauty and the Beast'. Depicts Beauty sitting with the Beast at a dining table laden with cakes, grapes and a vase of flowers.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (painted)

Date

ca. 1892 (painted)

Artist/maker

Andrews, Eddie J. (artist)
Nister, Ernest, born 1842 - died 1909 (publisher)

Materials and Techniques

Watercolour on card

Marks and inscriptions

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

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

'22'
Inscription in blue pencil on the back of the illustration.

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

'176'
Inscription in ink on a label affixed to the top right-hand corner of the back of the mount.

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

'The Beauty & the Beast'
Inscription in pencil on the back of the mount.

'E.J.A
Artist's signature in ink on the back of the mount. The Reniers' have added [ndrews] in pencil to extend the last initial.

Dimensions

Height: 21.4 cm image, Width: 16.8 cm image, Height: 33.6 cm mount, Width: 27.9 cm mount

Object history note

Bequeathed to the V&A in 1970 by Anne and Fernand G. Renier as part of the Renier Collection.

Descriptive line

Watercolour drawing by Eddie J. Andrews depicting the fairy tale 'Beauty and the Beast'; published in A Long Time Ago by Ernest Nister, ca. 1892.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

The Renier Collection of Historic and Contemporary Children's Books. Occasional list no. 8 : Ernest Nister. (London: Bethnal Green Museum of Childhood, Autumn 1990.)

Materials

Watercolour; Card; Pencil

Techniques

Painting (image-making)

Subjects depicted

Dining tables; Love; Mythological beasts

Categories

Illustration; Books; Children & Childhood; National Art Library

Production Type

Unique

Collection

National Art Library

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