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Cather, Margaret, 1839–1886
Nursery rhymes copied and illustrated by Margaret Cather for her cousin, Margaret Helen Tyler.
Additional Title(s):
Margaret Helen Tyler, from her attached cousin, Margaret Cather, 5th of April 1853
Limavady, Ireland, 1853.
Physical Description:
[12] leaves : illustrations ; 23 cm
Rare Books and Manuscripts
PZ8.3 .C3 1853+ Oversize
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
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Margaret Cather (1839-1886) was born at Limavady, in County Londonderry. Her father and grandfather owned the Limavady Distillery there where they lived at The Hermitage, a substantial town house close by. In 1876 Cather won a prize at the Dublin Amateur Artists' Society Exhibition, for a work titled "Forbidden fruit." She appears to have lived by independent means from investments on properties she owned at the time of her death. Margaret Helen Tyler was born on April 5, 1847, at Drumachose, Londonderry. She died November 27, 1869, in the Parish of St.-Brelade, Isle of Jersey.
The manuscript volume includes a collection of traditional children's songs and nursery rhymes, with illustrations, neatly copied on the rectos of 10 leaves. The verse is preceded by a illustrated title leaf, drawn in red ink: "Margaret Helen Tyler, from her attached cousin, Margaret Cather, [and at top of the page] 5th of April, 1853." The twelfth leaf bears a calligraphic "Finis" with vinework in the manner of a medieval manuscript, in blue red, and gold.
The nursery rhymes chosen by Margaret Cather are all well known, though some are given in variations of the traditional text, including: "The King was in his parlour," "Old Woman, Old woman said I," four leaves devoted to "Little Red Riding Hood," "Old Mother Goose," "The cat sat asleep by the fire," "One, two, three, four, I caught a hare alive," and "Come, let's to bed, says sleepy-head." The headpieces for "Little Red Riding Hood" and "Old Mother Goose" are drawn in pen and black ink, the remainder in watercolor over pen and black ink, all with relative skill.
Bound in yellow wrappers, the front cover with two ink drawings among vinework.
Subject Terms:
Tyler, Margaret Helen, 1847-1869.
Juvenile literature.
Nursery rhymes.
Ink drawings.

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