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Shepherd and Shepherdess on a Rock: C.29-1930

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Shepherd and Shepherdess on a Rock


Potter: Wood, Ralph, II (Probably)


Earthenware decorated with coloured lead-glazes

Cream earthenware, press-moulded and decorated with translucent blue tinted, blue, green, pale yellow, pale brown, and black lead-glazes

Legal notes

Given by Mrs W.D. Dickson

Measurements and weight

Depth: 12 cm
Height: 24.5 cm
Width: 18 cm

Relative size of this object

18 cm24.5 cm12 cm What does this represent?

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Place(s) associated

  • Burslem ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1930-11-10) by Dickson, W. D. (Frances Louisa), Mrs


George III
Circa 1783 CE - Circa 1800 CE


This figure group was known as Shepherd playing a Flute, but was probably the group referred to in John Wood's account book on 14 September 1786 as 'Shepherd and Shepherdess on Rock candlesticks at 8s 0d. sold to Mr William Mortlock. On 8 February 1787 he recorded that he had bought from his brother Ralph Wood a pair of the same subject for 8s.0d. It is possible, however, that the first sale of figures, had also been supplied by Ralph, who at the time was in partnership with Enoch Wood. Both entries show that this group was in production by 1786-7. This group has no candle socket, but might have had one attached to the now broken off top of the tree behind the figures.

Materials used in production

coloured Lead-glaze

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Cream earthenware, moulded and decorated with translucent lead-glazes tinted very pale blue, and more deeply green, pale yellow, brownish-grey, and black

References and bibliographic entries

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.29-1930
Primary reference Number: 74202
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 8 November 2022 Last processed: Wednesday 11 January 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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