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An Actor, possibly David Garrick: C.3087-1928

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Current Location: In storage


An Actor, possibly David Garrick


Factory: Vauxhall Porcelain Factory (Probably)
Factory: Longton Hall Porcelain Manufactory (Former attribution)
Potter: Littler, William (Former attribution)




Soft-paste porcelain figure of an actor, possibly David Garrick, standing beside a pedestal

Soft-paste porcelain figure, an actor, possibly David Garrick. Glassy white soft-paste porcelain, slip-cast, and lead-glazed. The actor stands with his left hand on his breast, his right resting on an open book which is supported on a waisted socle moulded with the mask of Tragedy; he is bare-headed, with a cloak flung loosely over his partially unbuttoned jacket and knee breeches. Supported on a rectangular, straight-sided slab base.


History note: Bought from Mr Frank Stoner, November 10th 1919, for £18-10s by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trintity College, Cambridge.

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 20.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Vauxhall ⪼ Surrey ⪼ England
  • Longton Hall ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century, Mid#
George II
Circa 1756 CE - 1760 CE


This figure was attributed to Longton Hall, but it has recently been suggested that it could have been made at the Vauxhall Porcelain Factory. A coloured example, now attributed to Vauxhall, is in the Victoria & Albert Museum, see Documentation, Schreiber Collection.

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Materials used in production

presumed lead Lead-glaze
Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Slip-casting : Glassy, white soft-paste porcelain, slip-cast and lead-glazed
Glazing (coating)

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.3087-1928
Primary reference Number: 38101
Old object number: 4225, vol. 24
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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