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Jug: C.130-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Maker: Richardson, George, potter (Probably)




Red earthenware with slip-trailed decoration and inscription, T M 1656 G R I E/WROTHAM, under lead-glaze; the handle is missing


History note: A member of the Andrus (Andrews) family of Scarbury, Southfleet; Mr J. G. W. Harris, 127 Week Street, Maidstone, from whom purchased for £20 on 15 June 1907 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 14.7 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Wrotham ⪼ Kent ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


Mid 17th century
Production date: dated AD 1656


Richardson lived in Plott (St Mary's Platt), a hamlet, which was the centre of the potting industry in the manor of Wrotham. His house, outbuildings, and accompanying land belonged to Nicholas Myller, who mentioned Richardson's occupation of them in his will in 1653. Richardson made his will in June 1687, and the inventory taken after his death shows that he lived in comfortable circumstances and had combined his potting trade with farming in a small way (for details, see Documentation, Semple, 2008). His wife Mary, whom he married in 1643, had predeceased him a year earlier. She was a member of the Hubble family of potters, and Richardson's son-in-law, Nicholas Hubble junior, was an executor of his will. A drinking cup by Nicholas Hubble senior dated 1654 is in the Fitzwilliam, (C.117-1928).

The initials GR probably stand for the potter, George Richardson, and the initials TM and IE for the owners, but the initials IE could stand for another potter, who initialled over twenty pots, perhaps John Eaglestone. George Richardson initialled pots between 1642 and 1677, was the first recorded potter to put the place name WROTHAM on his work - on an undated jug probably made in the 1640s (Fitzwilliam Museum C.116-1928), and this one dated 1656. A.J.B. Kiddell recorded twenty-one pots bearing his initials.

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of slip ( white)

Materials used in production

red Earthenware
yellowish Lead-glaze

Techniques used in production

Throwing (pottery technique)

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: T M : 1656 : GR : IE:/WROTHAM
  • Location: On exterior
  • Method of creation: Slip-trailed
  • Type: Inscription
  • Text: F M : 1656: G R : I E
  • Location: On exterior
  • Method of creation: Slip-trailed
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.130-1928
Primary reference Number: 71760
Old object number: 2660
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 23 November 2022 Last processed: Tuesday 14 February 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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