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My Pussy

  • Object:

    Illustration

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (painted)

  • Date:

    ca.1889 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Bennett, Harriett M. (artist)
    Nister, Ernest, born 1842 - died 1909 (publisher)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Watercolour on card

  • Museum number:

    RENIER.247

  • 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.

Harriett M. Bennett's watercolour drawing, 'My Pussy', illustrates verses in Round the Hearth, edited by Robert Ellice Mack and published by Ernest Nister, ca.1889.

Physical description

Watercolour drawing on stiff card of a little girl walking on a garden path surrounded by flowers. She wears a straw hat with a ribbon, a pink dress, white pinafore, blue socks and boots. In her left hand the girl holds a cat wrapped in a floral blanket. In her right hand she holds a large umbrella (closed). Image includes part-frame of wooden sticks or twine. Mounted on card.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (painted)

Date

ca.1889 (painted)

Artist/maker

Bennett, Harriett M. (artist)
Nister, Ernest, born 1842 - died 1909 (publisher)

Materials and Techniques

Watercolour on card

Marks and inscriptions

Bookplate on verso of drawing reads: 'From the Library of Anne Renier and F.G. Renier'.

White sticker with blue decorative border on verso mount reads: '5036'

Inscribed in ink by Anne Renier on verso of drawing: 'AR'

Inscribed in pencil on verso of drawing: 'H.M.B. / Little Miss Gamp'

Inscribed in blue crayon on verso of drawing: '12/12', and '14'

Inscribed in purple crayon on verso of mount: 'B'

Pencil note by Anne Renier on verso: 'Burnside'

Ink mark on verso mount: 'XVII'

Dimensions

Height: 296 mm Mount, Width: 250 mm Mount, Height: 208 mm Card, Width: 165 mm Card

Object history note

Drawn by Harriett M. Bennett in ca. 1889 and published in Round the Hearth, edited by Robert Ellice Mack and published by Ernest Nister. Bequeathed to the V&A in 1970 by Anne and Fernand G. Renier as part of the Renier Collection.

Descriptive line

Watercolour drawing by Harriett M. Bennett entitled 'My Pussy'; published to illustrated verses in 'Round the Hearth', edited by Robert Ellice Mack and published by Ernest Nister, ca. 1889.

Materials

Watercolour; Card

Techniques

Drawing; Painting (image-making)

Subjects depicted

Hats; Flowers (plants); Children (people by age group); Gardens; Umbrellas; Girls; Cats

Categories

Illustration; Books; Children & Childhood; Drawings; National Art Library

Production Type

Unique

Collection

National Art Library

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