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'The Happy Child' and 'The Unhappy Child'

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London (Probably, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1850 (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Engraving on paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Engraving of two sculptures of children. The first (top), entitled 'The Happy Child', depicts a seated child holding a doll in its left hand. The second (bottom), entitled 'The Unhappy Child', depicts a child crying because it has broken its toy drum.

Place of Origin

London (Probably, made)


ca. 1850 (made)

Materials and Techniques

Engraving on paper

Marks and inscriptions

Initialled in pencil by Anne Renier on verso


Height: 290 mm Whole, Width: 214 mm Whole

Object history note

Engraved ca. 1850. Bequeathed to the V&A in 1970 by Anne and Fernand G. Renier as part of the Renier Collection.

Descriptive line

Two engravings, 'The Happy Child' and 'The Unhappy Child', ca. 1850.


Paper (fiber product); Printing ink


Engraving (printing process)

Subjects depicted

Dolls; Play; Toys (recreational artifacts); Children (people by age group); Infants; Drums (membranophones)


Illustration; Prints; National Art Library

Production Type



National Art Library

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