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The Progress of Infantine Knowledge

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    01/01/1796 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Wilson, George, born 18 (engraved)
    Read, Joseph (published by)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Engraving on paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The Progress of Infantine Knowledge

Learning to Walk
Dear little Babe, robose lisping tongue,
With innocence, the Ear doth greet,
Mind what thy Mother oft hath sung,
"Dear Tommy mind & keep your feet".

Getting into Mischief
The Go-Cart's gone, the lad now walks,
The Matron's pleas'd & tells her tale,
But O! fond heart - while yet she talks,
Impending dangers him assail.

Growing Wise by Experience
His fingers burnt! - The Maxims true,
Which bids us "shun deceptions flame",
Yet painful tale, tho' no ways New,
That Boy & Man thro' life's the same!

Physical description

Engraving of three oval vignettes. The first (left), entitled 'Learning to Walk' depicts an infant in a wooden walker. The second (centre), entitled 'Getting into Mischief', depicts a child setting fire to a roll of paper with a candle. The third (right), entitled 'Growing Wise by Experience', depicts a child nursing a bandaged right arm.

Place of Origin

London (made)


01/01/1796 (made)


Wilson, George, born 18 (engraved)
Read, Joseph (published by)

Materials and Techniques

Engraving on paper

Marks and inscriptions

Initialled in pencil by Anne Renier on verso


Height: 149 mm Whole, Width: 203 mm Whole

Object history note

Engraved by G. Wilson and published by J. Read 1 January 1796. Bequeathed to the V&A in 1970 by Anne and Fernand G. Renier as part of the Renier Collection.

Descriptive line

Engraving, 'The Progress of Infantine Knowledge', engraved by G. Wilson and published by J. Read, 1 January 1796.


Paper (fiber product); Printing ink


Engraving (printing process)

Subjects depicted

Regency; Fires; Bandages; Injury; Candles; Play; Accident; Children (people by age group); Boys; Infants


Illustration; Prints; National Art Library

Production Type



National Art Library

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