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Ruined church

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    ca.1890 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Hines, P. (artist)
    Nister, Ernest, born 1842 - died 1909 (publisher)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Watercolour wash and pen and ink on card

  • Museum number:


  • 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 wash and pen and ink drawing in shades of grey-green of a vignette depicting a ruined church. The church is on the right of the drawing, slightly in the background, surrounded on the left by tall, thin, bare trees. In the foreground a path leads to a wooden fence with a gate and stile. Mounted on card.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)


ca.1890 (made)


Hines, P. (artist)
Nister, Ernest, born 1842 - died 1909 (publisher)

Materials and Techniques

Watercolour wash and pen and ink on card

Marks and inscriptions

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

Initialled in ink on verso by Anne Renier: 'AR'

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

Inscribed in ink on verso: 'XIV'

Inscribed in pencil on verso: 'P. Hines'

White label with blue decorative border pasted in top right corner verso of card, inscribed in ink, '1149'

Inscribed in blue crayon on mount top: 'P'


Height: 317 mm Mount, Width: 269 mm Mount

Object history note

Drawn by P. Hines ca.1890. Bequeathed to the V&A in 1970 by Anne and Fernand G. Renier as part of the Renier Collection.

Descriptive line

Watercolour wash and pen and ink drawing by P. Hines, ca.1890; commissioned by Ernest Nister.


Watercolour; Wash; Pen and ink; Card



Subjects depicted

Churches; Ruins; Stiles (stairs); Trees; Gates


Drawings; Illustration; National Art Library

Production Type



National Art Library

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