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Hercules and the Erymanthian Boar: MAR.C.15-1912

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Hercules and the Erymanthian Boar


Factory: Wedgwood, Josiah
Modeller: Flaxman, John, Sr. (Probable)




Jasper, solid pale greyish-blue with white relief. Oval, with relief of Hercules walking to the right in profile, with the boar slung over his right shoulder and his left leg forward. There are three large holes and one small hole in the reverse behind the relief.


History note: Unknown before testator

Legal notes

C.B. Marlay Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 21.2 cm
Width: 16.0 cm

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Place(s) associated

  • Etruria ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England
  • London

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1912) by Marlay, Charles Brinsley


Late 18th century
George III
Production date: circa AD 1790


The fourth Labour of Hercules was to capture alive the fierce Boar which lived on the slopes of Mount Erymanthus and was ravaging the country round Psophis. The relief on the plaque was probably modelled by John Flaxman Senior, 1775. The invoice for the model of 1775 was signed by John Flaxman Junior on his father's behalf.

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Materials used in production

white on pale greyish-blue Jasper ware

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: WEDGWOOD
  • Location: On the back
  • Method of creation: Impressed
  • Type: Factory mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MAR.C.15-1912
Primary reference Number: 11335
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Friday 21 May 2021

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

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