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Children giving dolls a bath

  • 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 Eveline Lance, Harriett M. Bennett, Edith A. Cubitt and Rosa Petherick.

Physical description

Watercolour drawing on card of a girl and boy bathing dolls. The boy wearing a blue and white sailors' outfit kneels on the floor beside a large yellow tub of water and washes a doll in the water. Behind him stands a girl in a pink dress with white collar, holding two dolls. Behind the children is a green fireplace with a clock and two blue and white vases on the mantelpiece. There is a grill and rug in front of the fire and a coal bucket to the left of the drawing. 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 right of the drawing underneath the image of the coal bucket

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 pencil on verso: 'E Lance'

Inscribed in blue crayon on verso: '32'

Blue and white label on verso, inscribed '5299'

Inscribed in ink on verso: 'XVIII'


Height: 381 mm Mount, Width: 315 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

Mantel clocks; Dolls; Fireplaces; Play; Boys; Bathing; Girls; Coal skuttle; Tubs; Children (people by age group)


Drawings; Illustration; Books; National Art Library

Production Type



National Art Library

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