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Two white angora rabbits

  • Object:

    Illustration

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    ca.1900 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Collins, Charles (artist)
    Nister, Ernest, born 1842 - died 1909 (publisher)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Watercolour on card

  • Museum number:

    RENIER.252

  • 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

Watercolour drawing on stiff card of two white angora rabbits eating vegetable leaves. Netting separates the rabbits from a garden in the background. Inscribed in bottom left corner: 'CCollins RBA'

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)

Date

ca.1900 (made)

Artist/maker

Collins, Charles (artist)
Nister, Ernest, born 1842 - died 1909 (publisher)

Materials and Techniques

Watercolour on card

Marks and inscriptions

Inscription in brown on bottom left corner: 'CCollins RBA'

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

Inscription in blue crayon on verso: '40' and '8250 XXIV'

Inscription in pencil on verso: 'Ch Collins RBA'

Inscription in ink on verso: '12/12'

Note in pencil on verso: 'Angora'

Letter 'G' written in purple ink on verso.

Dimensions

Height: 297 mm Mount, Width: 353 mm Mount

Object history note

Drawn by Charles Collins ca.1900 for 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 Charles Collins of two white angora rabbits; commissioned by Ernest Nister; ca.1900.

Materials

Watercolour; Card

Techniques

Drawing; Painting (image-making)

Subjects depicted

Rabbits; Flower gardens

Categories

Drawings; Illustration; National Art Library

Production Type

Unique

Collection

National Art Library

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