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A Study in Persuasion: C.14-1979

Object information

Current Location: In storage


A Study in Persuasion


Potter: Blackman, Audrey




Hand-formed group of an elderly don and his gardener, hand-formed and painted in grey and pink slips

Earthenware, hand-formed (rolled pottery technique) painted with grey and pink slips. An elderly don, wearing a suit and academic gown, stands with his right hand in hispocket, addressing a gardener, who is obstinately resisting persuasion. The gardener wears a cloth cap, a shirt and tie, trousers, and a check waistcoat. He rests his hands on the top of a besom. The rectangular base has canted corners, and is decorated with painted leaves.


History note: The potter

Legal notes

Given by Dr Peter Blackman

Measurements and weight

Height: 23 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1979-10-14) by Blackman, Peter, Dr


Third quarter of 20th Century
Elizabeth II
Production date: AD 1958 : dated


The figures represent Mrs Blackman's husband when he was keeper of the Groves of St John's College Oxford, and the Head Gardener of St John's.

School or Style

Studio Ceramics
Contemporary Craft

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of slip ( grey and pink)
Base Length 15.4 cm Width 9 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Hand-forming : Earthenware, hand-formed, and decorated with grey and pink slips

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: A Blackman.Op. 17.1958
  • Method of creation: Painted in white slip
  • Type: Signature

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.14-1979
Primary reference Number: 71971
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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