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Little Red Riding Hood

  • Object:

    Drawing

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (painted)

  • Date:

    ca. 1897 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Watercolour on card

  • Museum number:

    RENIER.243

  • 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 Little Red Riding Hood for the cover of Little Red Riding Hood and other Nursery Tales, retold by Emily Bennett, L. L Weedon, R. Marriott Watson, E. Nesbit, and others, and published by Ernest Nister, ca.1897.

Physical description

Watercolour drawing by Eddie J. Andrews illustrating the fairy tale 'Little Red Riding Hood by Charles Perrault, 1697. Depicts Little Red Riding Hood in a forest, wearing a red cloak and hat. She holds a basket and is gathering bluebells. She spies a wolf following her.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (painted)

Date

ca. 1897 (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.

'55'
Inscription in blue pencil on the back of the illustration.

'XV'
Inscription in ink on the back of the mount.

'4039'
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.

'Red R H'
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: 18.6 cm image, Width: 14.7 cm image, Height: 29.4 cm mount, Width: 23.8 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 'Little Red Riding Hood'; published by Ernest Nister in 'Little Red Riding Hood and other nursery tales', ca. 1897.

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

Perrault, Charles. Little Red Riding Hood 1697.
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

Flowers; Wolf; Baskets; Forests

Categories

Illustration; Books; Children & Childhood; National Art Library

Production Type

Unique

Collection

National Art Library

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