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The Animals Went in Two by Two, circa 1900
Framed (ref: 6598)
Unique lithographic proofs, seven panels, each 19 3/4 x 60 in. ( 50 x 152.5 cm.)
Framed by not glazed.
Provenance: Joan Hassall, The Artist's Daughter; private collection since 1970
Exhibited: ?The Fine Art Society, London (1900) - Pictures for Children
Leighton House, London (1968).- A Tribute to John Hassall
Literature: Cuppleditch, David, 1979, The John Hassall Lifestyle, p
Around 1900 John Hassall produced a series of lithographic friezes for childrens nursery's which were retailed by Liberty's. Printed by Jellico and Co. to be fixed directly to the wall as if painted murals, very few examples survive. This set was acquired from the artist's daughter in the 1970's. Another series of designs of Children pushing toys around a Nursery is in the collection of the V&A. These 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'.
The other panels;
John Hassall also produced nursery friezes showing 'Old King Cole...l', 'Hark, Hark! The Dogs do Bark....' 'Tom Tom the Piper's Son....' and a series of three upright panels called 'Morning, Noon and Night, as well as a seven panel set of children pushing toys in a procession, the original designs of which are now in the collection of the V&A.