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Woman ice-skating

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1898 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Read, Edward (artist)
    Nister, Ernest, born 1842 - died 1909 (publisher)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Watercolour on cardboard

  • 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 wash drawing in shades of grey and white on board depicting a woman in Victorian costume standing on the edge of a field of ice. She holds a pair of ice-skates on her right arm. In the distance the moon shines over other ice-skaters. With trees on the left and right of the drawing.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)


1898 (made)


Read, Edward (artist)
Nister, Ernest, born 1842 - died 1909 (publisher)

Materials and Techniques

Watercolour on cardboard

Marks and inscriptions

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 pencil on verso: 'Read' and '5067'

Inscribed in blue crayon on verso: 'XXV', '12/12' and '2'

Signed and dated by the artist in the bottom left corner


Height: 419 mm, Width: 308 mm

Object history note

Drawn by Edward Read in 1898 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 by Edward Read, 1898; produced for Ernest Nister.


Watercolour; Cardboard



Subjects depicted

Ice-skates; Women; Ice skaters; The moon


Drawings; Illustration; National Art Library

Production Type



National Art Library

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