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Summer from a Set of Seasons: C.26-1931

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Summer from a Set of Seasons


Production: James Neale & Co.




Lead-glazed earthenware painted in polychrome enamels. A seated boy holding a sheaf of corn and a sickle representing Summer

Cream earthenware, moulded, covered with a slightly blue tinted lead-glaze, and painted in turquoise, two shades of green, pale yellow, flesh pink, red, lilac, purple, reddish-brown, brown, and black enamels. The closed underside has a circular ventilation hole in the centre The base is square with straight sides, and a moulded upper edge with a purple line running round it. The boy representing Summer is seated on a high grassy mound with rococo-style scrolls picked out in turquoise, green and purple on the front and viewer's left side. He looks downwards to his left and holds a sheaf of corn and a sickle in his hands. His right leg is bent at the knee and his left leg is straight. He has shoulder-length brown hair and wears a cream wide-brimmed hat with a black band round the crown, a white shirt, reddish-brown coat with green lining, lilac breeches with purple spots, white stockings and black shoes.


History note: Mrs W.D. (Frances Louisa) Dickson, Bournemouth

Legal notes

Given by Mrs W.D. Dickson

Measurements and weight

Height: 13.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Hanley ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1931-05-05) by Dickson, W. D. (Frances Louisa), Mrs


18th Century, Late
George III
Circa 1785 - 1790


James Neale (c. 1739/40-1814), an earthenware dealer in London since the 1760s, took over Humphrey Palmer's factory in High Street, Hanley in 1778, and from at least 1781 traded as James Neale & Co. Neale appointed a manager, Robert Wilson, and returned to London. The firm produced very well-modelled and painted figures, such as the set of Seasons to which this model belongs. Their appearance is much closer to that of porcelain figures than most Staffordshire earthenware figures.

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel ( turquoise, two shades of green, pale yellow, flesh pink, red, lilac, purple, reddish-brown, brown, and black)
Surface composed of lead-glaze ( very slightly tinted blue)
Base Depth 5.5 cm Width 5.6 cm

Materials used in production

cream Earthenware

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: the first m is only lightly impressed and looks at first sight like an n

  • Text: Summer
  • Location: On closed base near back edge
  • Method of creation: Impressed
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.26-1931
Primary reference Number: 73800
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 5 June 2023 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

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

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