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Reclining Man, perhaps an Actor: C.148-1932

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Current Location: In storage


Reclining Man, perhaps an Actor


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




Soft-paste porcelain figure of a Reclining Man, painted underglaze in 'Littler's blue', and onglaze with polychrome enamels.

Soft-paste porcelain figure of a reclining man, slip-cast, painted underglaze in 'Littler's blue', and onglaze with green, yellow, pink, puce, red, brown, and black enamels. The uneven underside is glazed beneath the edge, and unglazed in the middle where there is a circular ventilation hole, and two firing cracks. The man reclines against a rock on shaped, rococo scroll-edged base with an applied rose and three leaves between his feet. He holds a basket in his left hand, his right hand raised. He has brown hair, eyebrows, and eyes, ruddy cheeks, and red lips. He wears a shirt with ruffles at the cuffs, a blue jacket lined with white, a pink waistcoat decorated with puce embroidery, yellow breeches, and black shoes. The scroll-edged base is picked out in red and puce, the back of the rock is washed in green.


History note: Unknown before donor, Mrs W.D. (Frances Louisa) Dickson, Bournemouth.

Legal notes

Given by Mrs W.D. Dickson

Measurements and weight

Height: 16.0 cm
Length: 11.5 cm

Place(s) associated

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

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1932) by Dickson, W. D. (Frances Louisa), Mrs


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


This model was attributed to Longton Hall but it has recently been suggested that figures with similar characteristicks were made at the Vauxhall Porcelalin Factory. Another example is in the Schreiber Collection at the Victoria & Albert Museum, 414:679-1885

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of cobalt-blue ( 'Littler's blue') enamels ( red, pink, yellow, green, brown, and black)

Materials used in production

presumed lead Lead-glaze
Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Press-moulding : Soft-paste porcelain, moulded, painted underglaze in Littler's blue, and onglaze with red, pink, yellow, green, brown, and black enamels
Glazing (coating)

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.148-1932
Primary reference Number: 38118
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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