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'Sailor fed with a spoon'

  • 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 'Soldier and Sailor' by R. Dene in Happy Playtimes (no.755), published in London by Ernest Nister and in New York by E.P. Dutton & Co.

Physical description

Watercolour drawing of a girl wearing a lilac dress, sitting on a garden bench holding a puppy in her lap. A boy wearing blue sits on the bench to the girl's right and feeds the puppy with a spoon from a dish beside him. In the background is a neat lawn and flower bed. 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

Initialled by the artist 'EL' on the garden bench in the drawing

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

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

Inscribed in blue crayon on verso: 'XXB', '89' and '12/12'

Inscribed in pencil on verso: 'E Lance', '7670' and 'XXB'

White and blue label on verso, inscribed '7670'


Height: 335 mm Mount, Width: 280 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

Girls; Boys; Lawns; Flower gardens; Dogs (animals); Benches


Drawings; Illustration; Books; National Art Library

Production Type



National Art Library

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