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'Taking a photograph'

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    ca.1900 (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 story entitled 'A Clever Photographer' by Edith Robarts in Happy Playtimes (no.755), published in London by Ernest Nister and in New York by E.P. Dutton & Co.

Physical description

Watercolour drawing on card of a girl on the left of the drawing holding a kitten sitting on a striped floral armchair having her photograph taken by a boy on the right of the drawing standing behind a camera motioning to the girl. The boy's head is covered by a cloth as he takes the photograph; he uses a blue umbrella to assist in supporting the camera. The boy stands on a colourful rug on the floor. The carpet is blue and the walls wood-panelled. There is a partial view of a window in the background. Mounted on card.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)


ca.1900 (made)


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

Materials and Techniques

Watercolour on card

Marks and inscriptions

Signed by the artist on the carpet inthe drawing: 'E. Lance'

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: 'XXB', '12/12', '40' and 'C'

Inscribed in pencil on verso: 'E Lance'

White and blue decorative label on verso, inscribed in ink '7671'


Height: 360 mm Mount, Width: 302 mm Mount

Object history note

Drawn by Eveline Lance 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 Eveline Lance, 1900; commissioned by Ernest Nister.


Watercolour; Card



Subjects depicted

Panelling; Armchairs; Photographers; Umbrellas; Sofas; Boys; Kittens; Girls


Drawings; Illustration; Books; Children & Childhood; National Art Library

Production Type



National Art Library

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