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Father Christmas putting a ball into a stocking while children sleep

  • Object:

    Illustration

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    ca.1890 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Röger, K. (artist)
    Nister, Ernest, born 1842 - died 1909 (publisher)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Watercolour on card

  • Museum number:

    RENIER.393

  • 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 of Father Christmas putting a ball into a stocking at the end of a bed. Three other stockings hang empty on the bedstead. Father Christmas has two dolls in his right pocket. On the floor in the foreground is a lantern. Two children sleep in a bed in the background. Behind them is a window. On the left of the bed in the background is a partial view of a dresser. Mounted on card.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)

Date

ca.1890 (made)

Artist/maker

Röger, K. (artist)
Nister, Ernest, born 1842 - died 1909 (publisher)

Materials and Techniques

Watercolour on card

Marks and inscriptions

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

Inscribed in blue crayon on verso: 'XXXII', '12/12', '11107' and '1'

Inscribed in pencil on verso: 'K. Röger', '12249' and 'Eisensch[...]'

Initialled by the artist in bottom left of drawing: 'KR'

Dimensions

Height: 430 mm Mount, Width: 324 mm Mount

Object history note

Drawn by K. Röger ca.1890 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 K. Röger, ca.1890; produced for Ernest Nister.

Materials

Watercolour; Card

Techniques

Drawing

Subjects depicted

Gifts; Beds (furniture); Toys (recreational artifacts); Socks; Children (people by age group); Lanterns (lighting devices); Balls (recreational artifacts); Dolls

Categories

Drawings; Illustration; Books; Dolls & Toys; National Art Library

Production Type

Unique

Collection

National Art Library

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