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Thetis mourning over her son

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1911 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Cole, Herbert, born 1867 - died 1930 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pen, ink and watercolour drawing

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Clara Gilbert Cole, the wife of the artist

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case I, shelf 113, box A

Physical description

Pen, ink and watercolour drawing depicting Thetis mourning over her son. Signed and dated by the artist.

Place of Origin

Britain (made)


1911 (made)


Cole, Herbert, born 1867 - died 1930 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Pen, ink and watercolour drawing

Marks and inscriptions

'Herbert Cole -1911-.'


Height: 12.125 in, Width: 8.375 in

Descriptive line

Original drawing by Herbert Cole to illustrate Thetis mourning over her son for a publication of 'The Sunset of the Heroes', by W. M. L. Hutchinson, London, 1911

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

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.


Paper; Watercolour; Pen and ink



Subjects depicted

Grief; Sadness; Mourning


Drawings; Illustration


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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