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Illustration - <u>Swiss Family Robinson</u>

Swiss Family Robinson

  • Object:

    Illustration

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    ca.1905 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Kley, Heinrich, born 1863 - died 1945 (artist)
    Nister, Ernest, born 1842 - died 1909 (publisher)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Watercolour on card

  • Museum number:

    RENIER.314

  • 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.

About 1905, Nister published a version of the popular story, Der Schweizerische Robinson - Swiss Family Robinson - written by Johann David Wyss and first published in 1812. Nister's edition was edited by W.H.G. Kingston and illustrated by Heinrich Kley.

Physical description

Watercolour drawing of a scene from 'Swiss Family Robinson'. Two boys ride oxen, one galloping after the other. Another boy sits in a basket attached to the bull in the foreground. Mounted on card.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)

Date

ca.1905 (made)

Artist/maker

Kley, Heinrich, born 1863 - died 1945 (artist)
Nister, Ernest, born 1842 - died 1909 (publisher)

Materials and Techniques

Watercolour on card

Marks and inscriptions

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

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

Inscribed in blue crayon on verso: '12/12' and '7'

Inscribed in ink on verso: 'XVII' and '2 youths riding oxen'

White and blue decorative label on verso, inscribed '5148'

Inscribed in pencil on verso: 'Swiss Family Robinson', '5148' and 'H. Kley'

Artist's cipher in red incorporating H and K on bottom left corner of drawing

Dimensions

Height: 291 mm Mount, Width: 224 mm Mount

Object history note

Drawn by Heinrich Kley ca.1905 to illustrate Ernest Nister's edition of Johann David Wyss's 'The Swiss Family Robinson'. Bequeathed to the V&A in 1970 by Anne and Fernand G. Renier as part of the Renier Collection.

Descriptive line

Watercolour drawing by H. Kley, ca.1905; commissioned by Ernest Nister.

Materials

Watercolour; Card

Techniques

Drawing

Subjects depicted

Boys; Oxen

Categories

Drawings; Illustration; Books; National Art Library

Production Type

Unique

Collection

National Art Library

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