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St George and the Dragon: C.913-1928

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St George and the Dragon


Factory: Unidentified Staffordshire factory
Factory: Enoch Wood (Possibly)




Lead-glazed earthenware painted in polychrome enamels

White earthenware, press-moulded, lead-glazed and painted in pale blue, yellowish-green, yellow, flesh-pink a little red, tan, pale brown, brown, grey, and black enamels. The group is supported on a a high rectangular plinth with mouldings round the top and lower edges, coloured to resemble black marble, and having on the front a reserved oval panel painted in black with the title 'George and Dragon'. The plinth is glazed and hollow underneath with a large central ventilation hole. The pale brown horse stands on an oval green and brown rocky mound with a tree trunk in the middle which supports its belly. It has a black bridle and collar, and a grey saddle cloth held on by a black strap. St George, wearing a black Roman style plumed helmet, a tan tunic, blue cloak, and black sandals rides without stirrups, and holds a grey spear in both hands as he plunges it into the mouth of the green and yellow dragon writhing on the ground below the horse.


History note: A.G.Smith, Wardour Street, London, from whom bought for £7.10s.0d. on 15 February 1905 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 34.7 cm
Length: 19.7 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Burslem ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1928-12-07) by Glaisher, J. W. L., Dr


19th Century, Early#
Production date: circa AD 1800


The figures of St George and the Dragon are similar to but larger than those on groups decorated with coloured glazes attributed to Ralph Wood II.

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( pale blue, yellowish-green, yellow, flesh pink, tan, beige, brown, and black)
Surface composed of lead-glaze ( very slightly tinted blue inside the base)
Base Depth 11.1 cm Length 18.6 cm

Materials used in production

white Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Press-moulding : White earthenware, press-moulded, lead-glazed and painted in pale blue, yellowish-green, yellow, flesh-pink a little red, tan, pale brown, brown, grey, and black enamels; the plinth is open and glazed underneath and has a large central ventilation hole

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: George and Dragon
  • Location: On front of plinth in oval frame
  • Method of creation: Painted in black enamel
  • Type: Inscription

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.913-1928
Primary reference Number: 312963
Old object number: 2331
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Audit data

Created: Tuesday 4 July 2023 Updated: Tuesday 22 August 2023 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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