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Mug: C.1068-1928

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Factory: uncertain




Earthenware, painted painted underglaze in blue

Pale creamware, painted underglaze in blue. Cylindrical tapering body with a wide moulded base, and a loop handle. Decorated on the front with a double curved frame enclosing a seated woman in profile to right drinking tea at a small tea table, on which is a teapot, milk jug, sugar basin, spoon tray and spoon and tongues (?). Above is the inscription 'Drinking Green/Tea'. Outside the panel on the right is the name and date, 'Nan/ny Hartley/1780'. Below the rim is a narrow trellis border with crosses at the intersections of the lines.


History note: Mr Stoner, York Street, Westminster, from whom purchased for £8.10 on 11 June 1910 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 12.6 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1928) by Glaisher, J. W. L., Dr


18th Century, Late
George III
Production date: AD 1780 : dated


Sheila Bidgood and Peter Walton (1990) suggested that this might be a Nanny Hartley born at Baildon, Yorkshire in 1754. In Rackham's Catalogue of the Glaisher Collection (1935) it was suggested that perhaps Nanny was a relative of William Hartley, a partner in the Leeds Pottery, and that 'Drinking Green Tea' was a play on the name of his associates named Green. This assumed that the mug came from the Leeds pottery, which is not entirely certain.

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of cobalt

Materials used in production

off-white Earthenware
tinted very slightly blue Lead-glaze

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Drinking Green/Tea
  • Location: Within the panel on the front
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Type: Inscription
  • Text: Nan/ny Hartley/1780
  • Location: On the side to the right of the panel
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Type: Inscription

References and bibliographic entries

Related exhibitions

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1068-1928
Primary reference Number: 137241
Old object number: 3137
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 26 April 2017 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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