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Una and the Lion or Purity: C.1-1973

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Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


Una and the Lion or Purity


Factory: Minton & Co.
Modeller: Bell, John




Parian porcelain group of Una, seated on a lion walking to the left.

Parian porcelain, slip-cast.The figures are supported on a rectangular base with a flange round the outer edge underneath on which it rests. The lion is walking to the left and has its left front paw raised slightly, Its left back paw is forward and the right back paw is back. The tip of the tail rests on the ground. The lion is partly covered by a loose drape on which Una sits. She is nude and looks modestly downwards. Her right leg is crossed over her left and she holds a piece of the Lion's mane in her right hand.


History note: From the collection of A.N.L. Munby, Litt. D., Cambridge (1913-74); given by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum

Legal notes

Given by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum

Measurements and weight

Height: 37.5 cm
Length: 37.8 cm

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Place(s) associated

  • Stoke ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1973) by The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum


19th century
Victoria I
Production date: AD 1860


Modelled by John Bell (1811/12-95) for Summerley's Art Manufactures. The model was registered on 19 August 1847.

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Materials used in production

Parian (porcelain)

Techniques used in production

Slip-casting : Parian porcelain, slip-cast

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: Felix Summerley mark incorporating FS in monogram, and JOHN BELL

  • Text: FS in monogram and JOHN BELL
  • Location: On the back right top corner
  • Method of creation: Moulded in relief
  • Type: Mark

Inscription present: patent registration mark for 19 August 1847

  • Location: On the back right top corner
  • Method of creation: In relief
  • Type: Patent registration mark
  • Text: ermine mark
  • Location: On the back right corner of the flange under the base
  • Method of creation: Impressed
  • Type: Date
  • Text: M
  • Location: On the back right corner of the flange under the base
  • Method of creation: Impressed
  • Type: Factory mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1-1973
Primary reference Number: 39406
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 8 September 2020 Last processed: Friday 11 November 2022

Associated departments & institutions

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

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