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  • Place of origin:

    England (probably, written)

  • Date:

    1890-1900 (written)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Text and drawing in ink on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Audrey Smith

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Museum of Childhood, Creativity Gallery, case 18

This story was almost certainly produced by a young girl. She would have been influenced by the many Victorian morality stories of the time, such as Jessica's First Prayer by Hesba Stretton, a pseudonym for Sarah Smith (1832-1911). One such book features on the cover of this story. J Cole by Emma Gellibrand was probably first published in London by the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge in the 1880s while several later publications appeared in the United States.

The picture of the young boy on the front of this story must be taken from a cover illustration of J Cole, who is described in Gellibrand's book thus - "In one hand he held a bundle, tied in a red handkerchief, and in the other a bunch of wild-flowers that bore signs of having travelled far in the heat of the sun, their blossoms hanging down, dusty and fading, and their petals dropping one by one on the ground".

Physical description

A sheet of paper folded vertically in the middle to form a two page booklet. The front is illustrated somewhat randomly with a picture of a young man holding a bunch of flowers under his (proper) right arm and a spotted bag in his (proper) left hand; a girl feeding two birds on the ground; a potted plant and a couple of pieces of vegetation. To the left of the man is a title, J.Cole by Emma Gellibrand and to the left of the girl are the words "crumbs of comfort". The inner two pages have the bulk of the story written on them. The back has the end of the story and an illustration of a woman and a girl in a wool shop.

Place of Origin

England (probably, written)


1890-1900 (written)



Materials and Techniques

Text and drawing in ink on paper


Height: 18 cm, Length: 22.7 cm

Object history note

There is no known provenance for this object as it was found in a house

Descriptive line

Handwritten illustrated story written by a child in the late nineteenth century


Paper; Ink


Writing; Drawing


Children & Childhood; Books; Drawings

Production Type



Museum of Childhood

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