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Page design for Mr. Punch's Christmas Book

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    ca.1904 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Morgan, Olga (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pen and ink and watercolour on card

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Olga Morgan illustrated a number of children's books in the first quarter of the twentieth century, including:

The Twins' ABC (London: Liberty & Co., 1904)
Mr. Punch's Christmas Book (London: Punch Office, 1904)
Mr. Punch's Book of Birthdays (London: Punch Office, 1906)
As They Were and As They Should Have Been (London: Lawrence & Bullen, 1906)
Santa Claus's Partner, by Thomas Nelson Page (London: Chatto & Windus, 1910)

This illustration was probably produced for Mr. Punch's Christmas Book, illustrated by Olga Morgan and published by the office of Punch magazine in 1904.

Physical description

Pen and ink and watercolour drawing on stiff card of a page design. With space for text in the centre and illustration above of three people walking in a row - a boy dressed as a cook carrying a steaming saucepan, a cook with a crown on her head, and a postman dressed as a king holding a sceptre. Illustrated border below the space for text depicting four people drawing and writing. Text written in pencil.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)


ca.1904 (made)


Morgan, Olga (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Pen and ink and watercolour on card

Marks and inscriptions

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

Initialled in pencil by Anne Renier on verso

O.W. Paper & Arts Co., Ltd., London
Manufacturer of drawing board

'p.3 of the series / backed by the picture / Matilda her 3 brothers'
Pencil note on verso

Pencil note on recto

'If Christmas were a country, / The Cook its Queen would be; / The Parcel Postman Premier / Or other high degree; / And fairly proud positions / (Though far below the Cook) / Would fall to all who wrote and drew / To make a Children's Book.'
Text in pencil on recto


Height: 241 mm, Width: 191 mm

Object history note

Drawn by Olga Morgan, ca.1904. Bequeathed to the V&A in 1970 by Anne and Fernand G. Renier as part of the Renier Collection.

Descriptive line

Pen and ink and watercolour drawing by Olga Morgan, ca.1904.


Pen and ink; Card; Watercolour



Subjects depicted

Saucepans; Crowns (headdresses); Cooks; Postman; Queens (people); Writer; Kings (people); Sceptres; Artist


Drawings; Illustration; National Art Library

Production Type



National Art Library

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