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'Who would not be good to look so lovely'

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London (published)

  • Date:

    25/03/1790 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Evans, B. B. (publisher)
    Duchot, Thomas (artist)
    Birche, Henry (engraver)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    mezzotint on paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Mezzotint on paper depicting a child holding an open book in its left hand (in which it has written the letters A to T), and a quill in its right hand. Image is an oval vignette with text below: 'Who would not be GOOD to look so lovely. / To all sweet tempered industrious & obedient Children, / This Plate is dedicated, by their obedient Servant / Thos. Lovegood'. With rectangular plate mark around the edge of the engraving and deckle edges.

Place of Origin

London (published)


25/03/1790 (published)


Evans, B. B. (publisher)
Duchot, Thomas (artist)
Birche, Henry (engraver)

Materials and Techniques

mezzotint on paper

Marks and inscriptions

Pencil initials of Anne Renier on verso


Height: 446 mm Whole, Width: 278 mm Whole

Object history note

Mezzotint engraved by Henry Birche after a painting by Thomas Duchot and published by B. B Evans in London on 25 March 1790. Bequeathed to the V&A in 1970 by Anne and Fernand G. Renier as part of the Renier Collection.

Descriptive line

Mezzotint, 'Who would not be good to look so lovely', published March 25 1790 by B. B. Evans, Poultry, London.


Paper (fiber product); Printing ink


Engraving (printing process); Mezzotint

Subjects depicted

Moral; Books; Writing- stands; Quill pens; Children (people by age group); Writing (processes); Alphabets; Exercises; Writing instruments; Writing desks


Illustration; Prints; Children & Childhood; National Art Library

Production Type

Mass produced


National Art Library

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