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  • Place of origin:

    Britain (printed)

  • Date:

    ca.1851 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Smyth (engraver)
    Wirdon, E. (draughtsman)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs N. D. Hewett

  • Museum number:

    Given by Mrs. N. D. Hewett E.789-1959

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case U, shelf 8, box A

Physical description

Print with an an illustration of a machine being operated by two boys.

Place of Origin

Britain (printed)


ca.1851 (printed)


Smyth (engraver)
Wirdon, E. (draughtsman)

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

Signed within the design

'E. Wirdon.'


Height: 18.4 cm, Width: 14.9 cm

Object history note

This engraving and a photograph of the machine in operation are reproduced as illustrations on p.8 of the Festival Number of the De La Rue Journal, July 1951.

Descriptive line

An advertisement for a machine for making envelopes, with an illustration of the machine in operation. Wood-engraving by Smyth, after E. Wirdon.

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

Victoria and Albert Museum Department of Prints and Drawings and Department of Paintings, Accessions 1959 . London: HMSO, 1964.



Subjects depicted

Boys; Machine


Prints; Advertising; The Great Exhibition


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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