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Illustration - <u>Nothing venture nothing win</u>

Nothing venture nothing win

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    ca.1900 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Hitch, B. (artist)
    Nister, Ernest, born 1842 - died 1909 (publisher)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pen and ink and watercolour 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 and pen and ink drawing on card depicting a man holding a posy of yellow flowers on the left of the drawing courting two women walking arm in arm on the right of the drawing. A blue bucket sits on the ground in front of the women. In the background are trees, a fence and buildings. Motto, 'Nothing venture nothing win', is written in Gothic lettering on the right of the drawing. Mounted on card.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)


ca.1900 (made)


Hitch, B. (artist)
Nister, Ernest, born 1842 - died 1909 (publisher)

Materials and Techniques

Pen and ink and watercolour on card

Marks and inscriptions

Signed by the artist in the bottom right of the drawing

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: 'XXVII', '8847', '12/12' and '16'

Inscribed in pencil on verso: 'Hitch'

Inscribed in ink on verso: '8847'


Height: 330 mm Mount, Width: 274 mm Mount

Object history note

Drawn by B. Hitch ca.1900 for an Ernest Nister publication. Bequeathed to the V&A in 1970 by Anne and Fernand G. Renier as part of the Renier Collection.

Descriptive line

Pen and ink and watercolour drawing by B. Hitch, ca.1900; commissioned by Ernest Nister.


Watercolour; Pen and ink; Card




Drawings; Illustration; National Art Library

Production Type



National Art Library

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