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  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1922 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Hocknell, Lilian (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Drawing in pencil, pen and wash on paper-faced card

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Lilian Hocknell (ca. 1891-1977) produced a considerable body of illustrative work, mainly in the form of advertising artwork and book illustration. One of her best-known working relationships was with Chilprufe Ltd, a leading UK manufacturer of children's clothing, and this illustration was produced for use in their catalogues and advertisements.

The Chilprufe (originally Chillproof) brand was founded by John Adams Bolton (1867-1945) in Leicester in 1906. Chilprufe garments were of high quality, were good value and were very much in mainstream taste for the first sixty years of the twentieth century. Although the company also produced garments for adults, and a range of children's outer clothing under the brand name 'Pobbie', it is best remembered for children's underwear.

Physical description

Drawing in pencil, ink and wash, on cream coloured paper-faced card. The illustration shows a children's nurse watching three children dressed in Chilprufe garments: two girls in vests and petticoats, one riding a rocking horse, the other standing on the rockers behind her; a younger child (probably a girl) in vest and drawers, is seated between the horse's front legs, and a teddy bear and ball are placed on the floor.

Place of Origin

England (made)


ca. 1922 (made)


Hocknell, Lilian (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Drawing in pencil, pen and wash on paper-faced card

Marks and inscriptions

Instructions to printer

Dealer's indication of state and cost

on reverse


Height: 46.2 cm, Width: 37.6 cm

Descriptive line

Drawing by Lilian Hocknell of children in Chilprufe garments, for commercial use; England, ca. 1922

Production Note

Produced for Chilprufe Ltd; see p 12 of Chilprufe catalogue for July 1922 (B.89-1996)

Attribution note: Illustration for manufacturer's catalogue


Pencil; Ink; Wash; Card



Subjects depicted

Children's clothing; Children; Teddy bear; Rocking horse; Ball


Drawings; Children & Childhood; Children's clothes; Clothing

Production Type



Museum of Childhood

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