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Bowl: The Taking of Portobello: C.1669-1928

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Bowl: The Taking of Portobello


Production: Unidentified Liverpool pottery (Probably)




Buff earthenware tin-glazed bluish-white and painted in blue. The circular bowl has deep curved sides and stands on a footring. Inside there is a circular view of the taking of Portobello, and round the rim, a border of plants, fences and birds perching on rocks. On the exterior there are Chinese figures in an Oriental landscape and two medallions, one containing a barque with sails set and British flags, the other with a three-masted vessel in a storm.


History note: Acquired at Mildenhall, Suffolk about 1895 by Mr Freeman of Cambridge; Mr Freeman’s sale of 27 January 1904; bought for £2.10s.0d. by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

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Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 28.4 cm
Height: 13.2 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Liverpool ⪼ Lancashire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


Mid 18th Century
George II
Production date: circa AD 1743


The decoration commemorates the taking of Portobello by Admiral Vernon in March 1740.

Tin-glazed earthenware, painted inside with the capture of Chagre (Panama) in 1740, and outside with Chinese figures in landscapes and two men-of-war.

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colour ( blue from cobalt, and reddish-brown)

Materials used in production

bluish-white Tin-glaze
buff Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Throwing : Buff earthenware, thrown, tin-glazed bluish-white, and painted in blue with reddish-brown on the rim

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1669-1928
Primary reference Number: 72419
Old object number: 1943
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 9 May 2023 Last processed: Tuesday 9 May 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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