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Conjugal Affection, or Industry and Prudence

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1799 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Thew, Robert, born 1758 - died 1802 (engraver)
    Smirke, Robert, born 1752 - died 1845 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    stipple engraving on paper

  • Credit Line:

    R. H. Stephenson Bequest

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case J, shelf 11, box A(1)

Physical description

Print depicting a domestic scene in the house of a well-to-do family. A man, woman and three children are in the middle of the room, while a second man stands to the side, holding a coat and hat.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)


1799 (made)


Thew, Robert, born 1758 - died 1802 (engraver)
Smirke, Robert, born 1752 - died 1845 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

stipple engraving on paper

Marks and inscriptions

Painted by Robt. Smirke R.A. Engraved by Robt. Thew, Hist. Engraver to H.R.H. the Prince of Wales.


Height: 19.5 in, Width: 25 in

Descriptive line

'Conjugal Affection', stipple engraving, Robert Thew after Robert Smirke, Great Britain, 1799

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

Victoria and Albert Museum, Department of Engraving, Illustration and Design and Department of Paintings, Accessions 1929, London: Board of Education, 1930.




Stipple engraving

Subjects depicted

Men; Interior; Cats; Dogs; Women; Family; Children




Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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