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Charles II hiding in the Boscobel Oak: C.2470-1928

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Charles II hiding in the Boscobel Oak


Production: Unidentified Delft factory




Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue

Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue. Circular. Painted overall with an oak treee amongst the branches of which is a bust of Charles II wearing a plumed hat, with above it, three crowns, and the inscription: 'PURSUI'D BY MEN, PRESERV'D BY GOD'. In the distance to the left are, a house with the name: 'Boscobell house' and a ship riding at anchor, in the direction of which the king is shown riding, twice over (in one case with Col. Lane's daughter on a pillion), with a man on foot. To the right are seen several soldiers, some mounted, with ribbons aboe them inscribed: 'The price is 1000 pound', 'Dead or alive;, 'No qvarter', and a fourth indecipherable inscription.


History note: Mrs Abbott, 96A Addison Road, London; Mr Rochelle Thomas, London; purchased from him for £126 by Mr Stoner, London, from whom purchased for £140 on 13 June 1913 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 31.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Delft ⪼ Holland ⪼ United Provinces of the Netherlands

Acquisition and important dates

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


17th Century, Late
Circa 1760 CE - 1685 CE

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colour ( blue from cobalt)

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Location: On front
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Type: Inscription
  • Text: Dead or alive
  • Location: On front
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Type: Inscription
  • Text: No qvarter
  • Location: On front
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Type: Inscription

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2470-1928
Primary reference Number: 73560
Old object number: 3665
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 25 January 2019 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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