Decorative yet economical, friezes were a significant part of nursery design from the late 19th century.
Nursery Frieze, Children's Toys by John Hassall, c. 1900
© The artist's estate
- Gouache on paper affixed to canvas
- Each 150 x 48.3 cm
- Art Fund grant:
- £11,000 ( Total: £30,600)
- Acquired in:
- Liss Fine Art Ltd
Childrens Toys was the result of John Hassalls collaboration with illustrator Cecil Aldin on Art for the Nursery, which aimed to improve the appearance of childrens rooms. Their collaborative work was exhibited at the Fine Art Societys 1900 exhibition Pictures for Children. John Hassall was an illustrator and designer who became one of the early 20th centurys most influential poster artists. He was commissioned to create these nursery friezes by Liberty, which reproduced them as lithographs to be fixed directly to the walls of childrens rooms. Hassall was also a regular contributor to publications including the Illustrated London News and The Sketch. He was best known for the poster Skegness is so Bracing (1908), which was imitated by generations of poster designers and became one of the most iconic posters in British history. His distinctive style, featuring flat colours enclosed by thick black lines, would prove well-suited to childrens art. He became known for illustrating nursery rhymes and fairy stories, his style lending itself naturally to nursery friezes.
Provenance: With the artists family until 1998; sold, Sothebys, Billingshirst, 1998 where acquired by Liss Fine Art; purchased by Miriam Schein, 1999.
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