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Boy peering over a fence at a dog

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    ca.1900 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Petherick, Rosa C. (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 stiff card depicting an exterior scene of a boy wearing a red hat looking over a fence at a dog. The dog is chained to a green wooden kennel and has a bowl and a bone. The dog sits beside a watering-can. With a pink flowering shrub beside the boy. Mounted on card.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)


ca.1900 (made)


Petherick, Rosa C. (artist)
Nister, Ernest, born 1842 - died 1909 (publisher)

Materials and Techniques

Watercolour on card

Marks and inscriptions

Artist's cipher in bottom left corner

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: '12/12', 'XXXIII', '11363' and '7'

Ink stamp on verso reads: 'Ernest Nister / Order no. 42380/4 / Use: Annual'

Inscription in pencil on verso reads: 'Petherick'

Inscribed in ink on verso: '12635'


Height: 375 mm Mount, Width: 304 mm Mount

Object history note

Drawn by Rosa C. Petherick 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 Rosa C. Petherick, ca.1900; commissioned by Ernest Nister.


Watercolour; Card



Subjects depicted

Dogs (animals); Picket fences; Kennels (animal housing); Watering cans; Boys; Play; Bone


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

Production Type



National Art Library

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