Bookplate of Edgar C. and Ruby M. Walters

1920s (made)
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Pen and ink design for a bookplate of Edgar C. and Ruby M. Walters. Monogrammed by the artist.

object details
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Pen and ink drawing
Brief Description
Original design by Herbert Cole for a bookplate of Edgar C. and Ruby M. Walters, pen and ink, Great Britain, ca. 1920s
Physical Description
Pen and ink design for a bookplate of Edgar C. and Ruby M. Walters. Monogrammed by the artist.
  • Height: 4.875in
  • Width: 2.6in
Marks and Inscriptions
'H.C.' (Signed)
Credit line
Given by Clara Gilbert Cole, the wife of the artist
Subject depicted
Bibliographic References
  • Herbert Cole (1867-1930) like Sylvia Pankhurst, studied at Manchester School of Art and was heavily influenced by the Pre-Raphaelites, William Morris and illustrators like Walter Crane who had volunteered their work for papers like the Socialist League's 'Commonweal'. He married the anarchist and anti-militarist Clara Gilbert. Both Clara and Herbert seem to have been involved in suffragism, Herbert becoming the staff artist for the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU) later progressing to provide illustrations for 'The Worker’s Dreadnought'. He was a prolific artist from the 1890s into the 1920s. His work included that as an illustrator for children’s books and a designer.
  • Victoria & Albert Museum Department of Prints and Drawings and Department of Paintings, Accessions 1932. London: HMSO, 1933.
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