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John Wesley: C.17-1975

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


John Wesley


Possibly Dixon, Austin & Co. (Factory)
Possibly Southwick Pottery (Factory)


White earthenware, moulded, glazed, transfer-printed in black and painted in blue, yellow, crimson and black.

Place(s) associated

  • Sunderland ⪼ England
  • Southwick ⪼ Wearside ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1975-03-24) by Bonnett, B. E.


First half of 19th Century
Circa 1820 CE - 1850 CE


This profile portrait of John Wesley was copied from an engraving by William Ridley published in 1792 of the portrait of Wesley painted in 1789 by Henry Edridge. It appeared on plaques made by several factories c. 1820-50, such as Dixon, Austin & Co. of Sunderland , c. 1818-39, and Scott's Southwick Pottery in the 1830s and 1840s.

Materials used in production

Glaze Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Moulding Glazing Transfer printing

Inscription or legends present

  • Location: At top of front of plaque
  • Method of creation: Transfer-printed in black
  • Type: Inscription
  • Location: On front, four words on either side of the portrait
  • Method of creation: Transfer-printed in black
  • Type: Inscription
  • Text: THE REV.R JOHN WESLEY, A.M./Wesleyan Mehodist Society./ESTABLISHED 1739
  • Location: On front under the portrait
  • Method of creation: Transfer-printed in black
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.17-1975
Primary reference Number: 72513
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 26 July 2019 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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