John Hassall (1868 - 1948)

Bed Time, Circa 1900


SKU: 11437

Chromolithographic print

Original design nursery posters for Liberty & Co

Dimensions include original ebonised frames

Height – 780cm
Width – 350cm

1 in stock


The artist’s nephew, David Cuppleditch until c.1999; Private Collection.

A rarely seen pair of nursery chromolithographs by John Hassall (1868-

1948); entitled “Lesson Time” & “Bed Time”, c1900, in their original ebonised frames.


In 1898, Hassall designed a series of nursery posters and friezes for Liberty & Co, as did

Cecil Aldin. Items such as these rarely survive, as they were originally designed to be

applied onto the nursery walls directly. Examples of Hassall’s (and indeed those of Cecil

Aldin) nursery friezes are held at the Museum of Domestic Design & Architecture (MODA) in

Barnet, Hertfordshire, England

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John Hassall
1868 - 1948

Cartoonist, illustrator, designer, painter and teacher, born in Walmer, Kent. He was the father of the artist Joan Hassall and the writer Christopher Hassall. After education in England and Germany, and twice failing to gain a commission at Sandhurst, he emigrated to Manitoba, Canada, where he farmed. In the early 1890s, after some success contributing sketches to The Graphic, he moved back to Europe, studying art in Antwerp, then enrolling at the Academie Julian in Paris. Returning to England in the mid 1890s Hassall became a popular cartoonist and one of the most celebrated poster designers of his generation (his designs Included the well-known advertisement “Skegness Is so bracing.”). Hassall illustrated numerous books (especially for Blackie and Co.) and periodicals such as The Idler, London Opinion, Pearson’s Magazine and The Tatler. For many years he ran his own school of art, the New Art School and School of Poster Design. He was a member of RI, RWA, London Sketch and Savage Clubs. He lived in London and designed posters for the Great Northern Railway and numerous other clients. Like many artists who achieved a huge reputations through commercial work, Hassall craved public recognition of a different sort. Through his Royal Academy exhibits – larger, ambitious, historical works – he sought to establish himself as an academic painter. These works, however, lack the originality, liveliness and invention of his instantly recognisable and hugely successful commercial work.


John Hassall (1868 - 1948)
Portrait of Bert Thomas
John Hassall (1868 - 1948)
The original design for Tom Tom the Pipers Son …. , 1900
John Hassall (1868 - 1948)
The original design for Tom Tom The Piper’s Son (with long hood), circa 1900