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Elizabeth Fry (1780-1845): C.843-2016

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


Elizabeth Fry (1780-1845)


Sculptor: Rivers, Mary
Factory: Minton




History note: The estate of G. D. V. Glynn

Legal notes

Accepted by H. M. Government in lieu of Inheritance Tax from the estate of G. D. V. Glynn, and allocated to the Fitzwilliam Museum

Measurements and weight

Height: 12.3 cm
Length: 7.2 cm
Width: 5 cm

Relative size of this object

7.2 cm12.3 cm What does this represent?

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Place(s) associated

  • Stoke-on-Trent ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Allocated (2016-01-25) by H.M. Government


Mid 19th century
Victoria I
Circa 1845 - Production date: AD 1843-03-18 : date of model


Mary Rivers was the daughter of C.A. Rivers. She exhibited portrait busts at the Royal Academy in the early 1840s.

Components of the work

Base Length 4.2 cm

Materials used in production

Parian (porcelain)

Techniques used in production

Slip casting

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Mary Rivers Sc
  • Location: Reverse of shoulders of bust
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Type: Name
  • Text: Published As the/Act Directs/Mar 18 1843
  • Location: On reverse of lower part of bust
  • Type: Inscription
  • Text: inverted arrowhead with three dots below
  • Location: On inside of socle
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Type: Factory mark

Inscription present: circular white paper stick-on label

  • Text: 260.
  • Location: On underside of socle
  • Method of creation: Typed
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: rectangular white paper stick-on label

  • Text: Richard Dennis/Parian Exhibition/1984 (printed) 165 (biro)
  • Location: On reverse of bust partly over inscription
  • Method of creation: Printed and hand-written in blue biro
  • Type: Label

References and bibliographic entries

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.843-2016
Primary reference Number: 215840
Old number: 260
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Audit data

Created: Wednesday 24 May 2017 Updated: Tuesday 13 October 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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