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Illustration - 'Hush!'


  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1902 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Lance, Eveline (artist)
    Nister, Ernest, born 1842 - died 1909 (publisher)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    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 Harriett M. Bennett, Edith A. Cubitt and Rosa Petherick.

This illustration by Eveline (or Evelyn) Lance appears alongside a poem entitled 'Hush!' by Clifton Bingham in Nister's Holiday Annual for 1902 (no.746), edited by Alfred J. Fuller and published in London by Ernest Nister and in New York by E.P. Dutton & Co.

Physical description

Watercolour drawing on card of two children watching a fawn from behind a bush. The boy, wearing a blue sailors' outfit, stands behind the girl who wears a pink dress and crouches on the ground motioning to the boy with her hand to stay back from the fawn. The fawn appears on the far right of the drawing. Mounted on card.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)


1902 (made)


Lance, Eveline (artist)
Nister, Ernest, born 1842 - died 1909 (publisher)

Materials and Techniques

Watercolour on card

Marks and inscriptions

Initialled by artist 'EL' on left of 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: '7541 XIX', '65' and '12/12'

Blue and white label in top right corner verso, inscribed '7541'

Inscribed in ink in top right corner verso: 'XI'


Height: 355 mm Mount, Width: 300 mm Mount

Object history note

Drawn by Eveline Lance in 1902 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 Eveline Lance, 1902; commissioned by Ernest Nister.


Watercolour; Card



Subjects depicted

Girls; Boys; Deer


Drawings; Illustration; Books; National Art Library

Production Type



National Art Library

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