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  • Object:

    Printing Plate

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    first half 19th century (etched)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Mulready, William RA, born 1786 - died 1863 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Etched zinc plate

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case V, shelf 6, box BI

Physical description

Zinc plate etched with two subjects.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)


first half 19th century (etched)


Mulready, William RA, born 1786 - died 1863 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Etched zinc plate

Object history note

This was the title-page design of 'The Mother's Primer'. The designs were exhibited in 1848 and 1864.

Historical context note

Sir John Swinburne and John Sheepshanks were Mulready's most liberal patrons.

Descriptive line

Zinc plate etched by William Mulready with two subjects entitled 'Lessons' and 'Play', the title-page design of 'The Mother's Primer'. Great Britain, ca. early 19th century.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Rorimer, Anne. Drawings by William Mulready. Victoria and Albert Museum. London. 1972. p 80.





Subjects depicted

Reading; Book; Learning; Wheelbarrow; Play; Children; Globe; Education; Writing; Childhood


Prints; Children & Childhood


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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