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Bull-Baiting Group: C.37-1930

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Bull-Baiting Group


Potter: Wood, Ralph, II (Probably)
Potter: Wood, Ralph, III (Possibly)




Earthenware figure of a bull being attacked by a dog decorated with coloured lead-glazes

Cream earthenware, press-moulded, and decorated in clear blue-tinted, green, manganese-purple, and greyish-brown lead-glazes. The underside is hollow and unglazed. The figures stand on a high oblong mound of rocks and plants, with a wide tree stump in the middle at the back which supports the bull. The powerful and angry bull is moving towards the viewer's left with its head down and tail raised over its back. The attacking dog is crouched at the front of the base close to the bull's left front leg and head. The mound is coloured in greyish-brown and green glazes. The bull is white with dappling in manganese-purple, and the dog is greyish-brown with paler patches on its back and sides.


History note: John Henry Taylor (1849-1930); sold Sotheby's, 14 November 1930, Catalogue of the Valuable Collections of English Pottery & Porcelain, Glass, Objects of Vertu and Furniture, the Property of the late John Henry Taylor, Esq., Newstead, Birstall, Leicestershire, lot 579

Legal notes

Purchased with the Glaisher fund

Measurements and weight

Depth: 9.8 cm
Height: 12.7 cm
Length: 17.2 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Burslem ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1930-11-14) by Sotheby's


18th Century, Late
Circa 1783 - Circa 1801


Probably made by Ralph Wood II, or after his death in 1795, by his son Ralph Wood III. Some figures of this type were also produced by John Wood, the brother of Ralph II.

Components of the work

Decoration composed of lead-glaze ( clear blue-tinted, green, greyish-brown, manganese-purple)

Materials used in production

cream Earthenware

Techniques used in production


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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.37-1930
Primary reference Number: 74705
Glaisher Addition number: GL.Add.12-1930
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Saturday 24 June 2023 Last processed: Tuesday 17 October 2023

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

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