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Shakespeare: C.43-1928

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Wood, Enoch (Pottery)
Wood & Caldwell (Pottery)
After Kent, William (Designer)
After Scheemakers, Peter (Sculptor)
Vanina, Peter (Cast maker)


Lead-glazed earthenware painted in enamels

White earthenware, moulded, with slightly blue-tinted lead-glaze,painted in yellow, red, maroon, pale pinkish-brown, and black enamels.


History note: W. H. Milligan Esq., 50 Pall Mall; sold by direction of the Executors at Foster's auction of 7 June 1906; bought by Palmer & Fisher, Palmer Street, Westminster, from whom purchased (with Milton) for £25 on 18 June 1906 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, Trinity College, Cambridge

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Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 46.4 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Burslem ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England
  • London ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


Late 18th or early 19th century
George III
Circa 1790 CE - 1820 1820 CE


After the monument in Westminster Abbey, designed by William Kent (1684-1748), and executed by Peter Scheemakers (1691-1761) in 1740. Reduced-scale plaster casts were produced by Scheemakers from his terracotta model, now lost, and by other London sculptors, notably John Cheere. The initials 'PV' moulded into the back of the pedestal of this and some other figures,for example, in the Schreiber Collection at the Victoria & Albert Museum (Schrebier Catalogue II, 311), may indicate that its moulds were produced from a plaster supplied by Peter Vanina, working in London, c. 1761-70. The majority of ceramic copies, such as those in Derby porcelain, are on a smaller scale, but there is a salt-glazed stoneware model of comparable size in the Schreiber Collection in the Victoria & Albert Museum (Schreiber Catalogue, II, 95).

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration: composed of enamel ( yellow, red, maroon, pale pinkish-brown, and black) Wgike: Depth 13.2 cm
Base: Width 27.3 cm

Materials used in production

slightly blue tinted Lead-glaze Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Moulding : White earthenware, moulded in parts, lassembled, covered with slightly blue-tinted lead-glaze, and painted in yellow, red, maroon, pale pinkish-brown, and black enamels enamels

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: PV
  • Location: On back
  • Method of creation: Moulded integrally
  • Mark
  • Location: On underside of base
  • Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.43-1928
Primary reference Number: 75067
Old object number: 2492
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 1 September 2017 Last processed: Wednesday 24 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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