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Animals drawn from memory

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Britain (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1890-1929 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Cole, Herbert (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Chalks, pen and ink, pencil, and watercolour

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Clara Gilbert Cole, the wife of the artist

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level H, case PD, shelf 128, box A

  • Physical description

    Original drawing (1 of 18 sheets) depicting studies of animals drawn from memory, including cows in a landscape, dogs, geese, peacocks, a tiger, and turkeys. Chalks, pen and ink, pencil, and watercolour.

  • Descriptive line

    Original drawing by Herbert Cole (1 of 18 sheets) depicting studies of animals drawn from memory, Great Britain, ca. 1890-1929

  • 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.

  • Collection code

    Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection