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Puss in Boots

  • Object:

    Illustration

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    ca.1900 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Thompson, G. H. (artist)
    Nister, Ernest, born 1842 - died 1909 (publisher)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pen and ink and watercolour on card

  • Museum number:

    RENIER.360

  • 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

Pen and ink and watercolour drawing on stiff card depicting a scene from Puss in Boots. A boy, the miller's son, pretends to be drowning in the river in the foreground. On the left of the drawing the cat hails the royal party which is passing in a coach in the distance. Mounted on card.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)

Date

ca.1900 (made)

Artist/maker

Thompson, G. H. (artist)
Nister, Ernest, born 1842 - died 1909 (publisher)

Materials and Techniques

Pen and ink and watercolour on card

Marks and inscriptions

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: '12/12', '2825', 'XVI', 'NS' and '132'

Inscribed in pencil on verso: 'Puss in Boots' and '? G. H. Thompson'

Partial white and blue label in top right corner verso, inscribed '28[...]'

Dimensions

Height: 366 mm Mount, Width: 335 mm Mount

Object history note

Drawn by G. H. Thompson ca. 1900 for Ernest Nister. Bequeathed to the V&A in 1970 by Anne Renier and Fernand G. Renier as part of the Renier Collection.

Descriptive line

Watercolour drawing by G. H. Thompson, ca.1900; produced for Ernest Nister.

Materials

Pen and ink; Watercolour; Card

Techniques

Drawing

Subjects depicted

Swimmers; Horses (animals); Fairy tales; Cats; Coaches (carriages); Rivers; Coach and horses

Categories

Drawings; Illustration; Books; National Art Library

Production Type

Unique

Collection

National Art Library

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