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Plate: C.56-2015

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Current Location: In storage


Pottery: Unidentified Bristol pottery (Probably)
Pottery: unidentified London pottery (Possibly)




Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue with two ladies strolling in a landscape

Buff earthenware, press-moulded, tin-glazed bluish-white and painted and sponged in blue. Circular with a wide sloping rim, shallow curved sides and flat centre, standing on a footrim, (Archer's Shape )The front is decorated with two ladies wearing hats and wide skirts strolling in a landscape with trees and on the right a house and a cottage. Overhead there are schematic clouds and birds. There are three peg marks on the back of the rim.


History note: Sir Ivor and Lady Batchelor, St Andrew’s, Fife; Sir Ivor died on 24 April 2005; on loan since 2006 (Syndicate of 30 January); Lady Batchelor, died 2014

Legal notes

Sir Ivor and Lady Batchelor Bequest through The Art Fund

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 22.4 cm
Height: 2.6 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Bristol ⪼ Somerset ⪼ England
  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (2015-04-27) by Batchelor, Ivor, Sir and Lady


18th Century, third quarter
George III
Circa 1750 CE - 1760 CE


Plates and flower bricks with similar decoration have usually been attributed to Bristol. The style of painting is close to dishes decorated with a couple strolling in landscape with similar tall sponged trees. These have been associated with the name of a presumed decorator, John Bowen, because a dish (destroyed in the fire at the Alexandra Palace in 1873), decorated with a lady and gentleman in a landscape with a tree and cottage, was inscribed ‘ye 1st: Sept. 1761 Bowen.fecit’.’ It is not certain however, that this Bowen was the John Bowen apprenticed at the Lime Kiln lane pottery in 1734, and who, when that closed in 1746, may have moved to the Temple Back Pottery or Redcliff Back Pottery.

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colour ( blue)

Materials used in production

buff Earthenware

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: rectangular white paper stick-on label

  • Text: 52
  • Location: On back
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in black ink
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.56-2015
Primary reference Number: 201806
Old object number: 52
Entry form number: 648
Old lone number: AAL.56-2006
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Created: Tuesday 9 June 2015 Updated: Monday 25 March 2019 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

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

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