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Portrait Medallion of Dr Erasmus Darwin (1731-1802): C.1-1909

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Titles

Portrait Medallion of Dr Erasmus Darwin (1731-1802)

Maker(s)

Wedgwood (Factory)
Attributed to Hackwood, William (Modeler)
After Wright, Joseph (Wright of Derby) (Painter)

Description

Jasper, solid pale blue with white relief. Oval, with curved edge, and half-length figure of Dr Erasmus Darwin facing front, head slightly to his left, arms resting on a semi-circular table. On the reverse there is a randomly-placed cluster of twenty-three circular holes.
The relief is modelled after the painting in oils by Joseph Wright of Derby, 1770

Notes

History note: Unknown before Max Rosenheim, FSA (1849-1911)

Legal notes

Given by Max Rosenheim, FSA

Measurements and weight

Height: 14.9 cm
Width: 12.0 cm

Relative size of this object

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Place(s) associated

  • Etruria ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1909-06-24) by Rosenheim FSA, Max

Dating

Second half of 19th Century
Circa 1850 CE - 1900 CE

Note

Model: attributed to William Hackwood, 1780.

The source for the model was one of three versions of the portrait of Darwin aged 38, in oils by Joseph Wright of Derby, 1779. The medallion was mentioned in the Oven Book on 19th and 26th February, 1780. The curved edges indicate that this example is of nineteenth century manufacture, probably after the reintroduction of a true jasper body in 1844.

School or Style

Neoclassical

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Relief

Materials used in production

white on solid pale blue Jasper ware

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: WEDGWOOD
  • Method of creation: Impressed
  • Type: Mark
  • Text: E.DARWIN
  • Method of creation: Impressed
  • Text: 149
  • Location: On the reverse
  • Method of creation: Black ink

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1-1909
Primary reference Number: 11331
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 24 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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