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Andromache weeping over the Ashes of Hector: C.3135-1928

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


Andromache weeping over the Ashes of Hector


Proprietor: Champion, Richard
Factory: Bristol Porcelain Manufactory
Printmaker: Burke, Thomas (Derived from)
Painter: Kauffmann, Angelica (After)




Hard-paste porcelain, moulded and painted overglaze in a little red, and black enamels, and gilt. The concave underside is glazed and has a circular ventilation hole which leads into the figure. The rectangular base has an irregular straight sides. On the viewer's left there is a tall pedestal with a stepped base, straight sides and projecting top on which stands a round urn, decorated with inverted gadrooning and bands of interlace. The woman stands on the right, with her right foot crossed in front of her left. She leans her head on her right arm, which is bent and rests on the top of the urn. In her right hand she holds a garland. She wears a long high-waisted dress decorated with sprays of gold leaves. Over her head is a long veil which falls down over her shoulders and is held up a little with her left hand.


History note: The Pritchard family of near Chepstow; H.M. Bassey, a private dealer, of 5 Amesbury Avenue, Streatham Hill from whom purchased on February 9th 1914 for £46 b Dr J.W.L Glaisher

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 32 cm
Width: 19.1 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Bristol ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century, Late
George III
Circa 1775 CE - 1780 CE


Andromache, the urn and pedestal were derived from the mezzotint of 1771 by Thomas Burke after Angelica Kauffmann's 'Andromache and Hecuba weeping over the Ashes of Hector'. Despite the popularity of the theme, Bristol interpretations of it are rare. An example in the Delhom Gallery, Charlotte, Carolina, bears an inscription in memory of Richard Champion's daughter, Eliza, who died on 13 October 1779 (see Documentation), and there is an undecorated figure in the City Art Gallery, Bristol.

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( red and black) gold
Base Depth 9.7 cm

Materials used in production

Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Hard-paste porcelain, moulded and painted overglaze in a little red, and black enamels, and gilt

References and bibliographic entries

Related exhibitions

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.3135-1928
Primary reference Number: 38460
Old object number: 4515
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Sunday 18 June 2023 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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