Provenance: The artist’s nephew, David Cuppleditch until c.1999; Private Collection.
(?): The Fine Art Society, London 1900, Pictures for Children’;
Leighton House, London 1968, A Tribute to John Hassall’.
Literature: David Cuppleditch, The John Hassall Lifestyle, Dilke Press Essex, 1979, p 135
the turn of the century Hassall produced a number of nursery frieze
designs for Liberty’s . These original designs were printed as
lithographs by Jellico and Co. to be fixed directly to the walls of
children’s nurseries. As such few, possibly none, are known to have
survived. The designs were part of a wider collaboration between Cecil
Aldin and John Hassall – Art for the Nursery – aimed at making the
appearance of children’s rooms more attractive.
…..So very little
trouble is nowadays by the majority of people regarding the fitting up
of the children’s part of the house. Perhaps on the walls they paste or
hang up one of two nursery rhymes, so small that the child can hardly
read them. The general appearance of the room is dowdy and
unattractive. parents seem to think that children do not derive any
pleasure or benefit form any efforts they may make towards decorating
the nursery. I believe just the opposite: hence my model nursery.’
(Cecil Aldin, A model Nursery, Women’s Life Sept 8 1900).
The results were shown at an exhibition at The Fine Art Society in 1900 ‘Art for the Nursery’.
Hassall also produced nursery friezes showing ‘Old King Cole…l’,
‘Hark, Hark! The Dogs do Bark….’ and a series of three upright panels
called ‘Morning, Noon and Night.