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Boy, girl and dog walking in snow

  • 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:

    Pen and ink and 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, Lizzie Lawson, Harriett M. Bennett, Edith A. Cubitt and Rosa Petherick.

This illustration by Rosa C. Petherick was the cover illustration for Bright Eyes Story Book (no. 2275), published in London by Ernest Nister and in New York by E.P. Dutton & Co., ca.1900. The illustration also appears entitled 'Bringing Home the Holly', in the 24th year of publication of Nister's Holiday Annual (no.1381), edited by Alfed C. Playne and published in 1911.

Physical description

Watercolour drawing on stiff card of a boy, girl and dog walking in snow in moonlight with trees and a house in the background. The boy holds bunches of holly and mistletoe. The girl holds a lantern. The dog carries a bundle in its mouth; a doll sticks out of the top of the bundle. 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

Pen and ink and watercolour on card

Marks and inscriptions

Signed by the artist in bottom right corner

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

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

Inscribed in blue crayon on verso: '12/12', 'XXXII', '11021' and '28'

Ink stamp on verso reads: 'Ernest Nister / Order no. 42085a/4'

Inscription in pencil on verso reads: 'Miss R.C. Petherick / Havelock Rd. / Croydon / [indecipherable].'


Height: 364 mm Mount, Width: 305 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; Pen and ink



Subjects depicted

Moonlight; Lanterns (lighting devices); Boys; Mistletoe; Snow; Holly; Moon; Dogs (animals); Winter; Houses; Berries; Trees; Toys (recreational artifacts); Dolls; Girls


Drawings; Illustration; Books; National Art Library

Production Type



National Art Library

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