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Foreign Policy Initiative: C.9-2006

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Foreign Policy Initiative


Potter: McNicoll, Carol




Earthenware, moulded, glazed, and transfer-printed, with an attached pressed-glass bowl attached to the figure's by means of a screw.

Earthenware moulded, glazed, transfer-printed in shades of green, yellow, red, purple, and black, and having a pressed-glass bowl screwed to the head of the figure. In the form of a soldier in battle dress standing on an overturned Corinthian capital. He stoops forward, and supports the bowl on his head. The capital is glazed overall in beige with some grey-brown mottling.The soldier is glazed grey and decorated over the upper part of his body and head with transfer-printed flowers and foliage in shades of green, yellow, red, purple, and black. The pressed-glass bowl has a central flower, and on the sides, a reticulated design of panels of stylized foliage, and ‘diamond-cutting’.


History note: Purchased by the donors from Barrett Marsden Gallery at the Collect exhibition held 9-13 February 2006 at the Victoria & Albert Museum

Legal notes

Gift of Nicholas and Judith Goodison through the National Art Collections Fund

Measurements and weight

Height: 30.3 cm
Length: 23.2 cm

Relative size of this object

23.2 cm30.3 cm What does this represent?

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (2006-03-06) by Goodison, Nicholas and Judith


Early 21st Century
Elizabeth II
Production date: AD 2003 : dated


Text from object entry in A. Game (2016) ‘Contemporary British Crafts: The Goodison Gift to the Fitzwilliam Museum’. London: Philip Wilson Publishers: Carol McNicoll: ‘This work was made as a response to our military engagements in the Middle East. The classical base is a reference to the area’s long history of civilisation. After the Iraq war, my work became more political.’ A life history interview with Carol McNicoll is available at

This work is can probably be related to a statement on art as a medium for making political statements, made in 2002 by Carol McNicholl in a discussion of her recent work, see Documentation (2003), p. 101.

School or Style

Contemporary Craft

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of printing colour
Base And Figure composed of earthenware
Bowl composed of glass Diameter 22.5 cm
Base Width 17 cm

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: ‘FOREIGN POLICY/Carol McNicoll/2003’
  • Location: On the base
  • Method of creation: Painted in black
  • Type: Signature and date

References and bibliographic entries

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.9-2006
Primary reference Number: 126940
Entry form number: 810
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 8 December 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 31 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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