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Sir Robert Peel: C.1218-1928

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Sir Robert Peel


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Buff salt-glazed stoneware with brown areas. Standing figure of Sir Robert Peel, holding a sheaf of corn in his left arm, and in his right hand, a scroll with a relief inscription 'BREAD/FOR THE/MILLIONS'. The cylindrical base is moulded in relief with his name 'SIR./R. PEEL''


History note: Stanley Woolstan, Hyde Park Corner, Cambridge; purchased on 1 June 1910 for 4s. 6d. by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 24.4 cm

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


Mid 19th century
Victoria I
Circa 1846 CE - 1850 1850 CE


Sir Robert Peel (1788-1850) had introduced the police force, and supported Catholic Emancipation in 1829. As prime minister (1841-46), he brought about the Repeal of the Corn Laws in 1846 which greatly reduced the duty on imported grains, and therefore made bread cheaper.

The flask commemorates the prime minister Sir Robert Peel's work to bring about the Repeal of the Corn Laws in 1846

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Surface: composed of salt-glaze

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Moulding Salt-glazing

Inscription or legends present

  • Location: On scroll
  • Method of creation: Integrally moulded in relief
  • Inscription
  • Text: SIR./R.PEEL
  • Location: On front of base
  • Method of creation: Integrally moulded in relief
  • Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1218-1928
Primary reference Number: 71575
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 24 February 2021 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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