This design was almost exclusively used on small scale tea-services made for children. See Howard and Ayers, China for the West, London and New York, 1978, vol. I, p. 291, no. 288 for a saucer with this design from the Mottahedeh collection, where the authors inform us that this scene is after 'Going to School' by Thomas Stothart RA (1755-1834). Another saucer is illustrated by Hervouët and Bruneau, La Porcelaine des Compagnies des Indes à Décor Occidental, Paris, 1986, p. 92, fig. 4.33. Two other paintings by Stothart depicting children coming out of school and two children leaving a group of friends have both been copied onto Chinese export porcelain of this date.