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Charles Green caricature: C.5A-1949

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Charles Green caricature


Decorator: Barnard, Frederick




Square, white earthenware tile with over-glaze image painted in brown enamel.

A man is astride a large dog, which is jumping over the sun. The man has short hair and a beard, and is smoking a pipe; he wears a brown jacket, white trousers and boots, and carries a shield inscribed ‘C G’ and a muffled spear. The dog is brown; it has wide eyes and raised ears and tail, three spread claws on each front paw, and an extended tongue. The sun is drawn as an outline segment of a circle, with five single-line rays drawn across the tile. The tile is industrially produced from pressed dust; on the reverse is an impressed diamond pattern. It is fixed in a (later) wooden frame and stand.


History note: Bequeathed by Miss Dorothy Barnard, the artist’s daughter

Legal notes

Bequeathed by Miss Dorothy Barnard, the artist’s daughter

Measurements and weight

Height: 15.2 cm
Width: 15.2 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1949) by Barnard, Dorothy


19th Century, Late#
Production date: circa AD 1880


Fred(erick) Barnard (1846-96), the son of a silversmith, was an illustrator, caricaturist, genre painter and portraitist. After training in Paris, he contributed to journals, such as 'Punch', ‘Harper’s Weekly’ and the 'Illustrated London News' and became known as an illustrator of Dickens and Bunyan. He also showed large-scale canvasses at the Royal Academy which commented on urban social conditions; a reviewer greeted his ‘Saturday Night in the East End’, 1876, as amongst ‘the most remarkable illustrations of London low-life […] full of grime and flare, and of human uncouthness’. He settled for a time in Broadway, Gloucestershire, where John Singer Sargent painted his wife Alice Faraday (‘Mrs Frederick Barnard’, 1885), and his two daughters Polly and Dorothy (‘Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose’, 1885-86) [Tate, nos. N05901 and N01615] , and his neighbours included Henry James and Edmund Gosse, the latter recording him wearing an ‘enormous stage slouch hat’. The Fitzwilliam Museum also holds a portrait of Dorothy Barnard, the donor, painted by Sargent in 1889.

One of a series of seven tiles, each depicting a fellow contemporary artist, this design is a caricature of Charles Green (1840-1898). Like Barnard, Green was an English painter and illustrator, and established his reputation through his illustrations for Dickens novels, such as 'Little Nell mending the Puppet's Dress' (from The Old Curiosity Shop (V&A no. D.387-1907)). In the late 1870s, he worked with Barnard, Arthur Burdett Frost and others on a Household Edition of Dickens novels published by Chapman & Hall. Green also exhibited watercolours, often gentle narrative genre scenes, signed with the initials ‘CG’. His brother, Henry Towneley Green (1836–1899) followed a similar career.

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel ( brown) lead-glaze

Materials used in production

White earthenware

Techniques used in production

Dust pressing : Dust-pressed white earthenware, lead-glazed and painted

Inscription or legends present

  • Location: On back of tile
  • Method of creation: Inscribed
  • Type: Label

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.5A-1949
Primary reference Number: 15278
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 2020 Last processed: Tuesday 19 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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