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Hunting Mug: C.1197-1928

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Hunting Mug


Pottery: Vauxhall Pottery (Probably)




Salt-glazed stoneware with brown dip and applied reliefs of a hare hunt, half-figures of George II and Queen Caroline with GR and CR in a medal¬lion, beefeaters, trees. Inscribed, ‘Mary Culliford 1729’, and ‘Lett us Drink whilst we have Breath for there is no Drinking after Death’


History note: Sotheby's, 1 May 1925, lot 75, purchased by Hant/Hunt for £15 for Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 20.9 cm

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century, second quarter#
George II
Production date: dated AD 1729


This is one of about fifty-seven recorded hunting mugs attributed to the Vauxhall Pottery, near London, and dated between 1713 and 1744. The inscription round the top is from the first verse of John Dyer's song 'Down among the Dead Men' which begins 'Here's a health to the Queen' or 'to the King', depending upon when it was sung.

School or Style

Vauxhall (Type A)

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Upper Part composed of slip ( ferruginous dip)
Surface composed of salt-glaze

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Mary Culliford 1729
  • Location: On left side of body and on front
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Type: Inscription
  • Text: Lett us Drink whilst we have Breath for there is no Drinking after Death’
  • Location: Below the rim
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1197-1928
Primary reference Number: 71526
Old object number: 4533
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 27 November 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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