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Milton: C.44-1928

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)




Pottery: Wood, Enoch
Pottery: Wood & Caldwell




Lead-glazed earthenware painted in enamels

White earthenware, moulded, lead-glazed, and painted in green, yellow, flesh-pink, dark pink, red, brown, grey and black enamels. The rectangular base has straight sides and is painted to resemble black and white variegated marble. On the viewer's right there is a brown column decorated with reliefs, on which there is a pile of three books. Milton stands on his right leg with his left advanced. His head is turned to his right, and he rests his left lower arm on the top of the books, and holds his right arm across his body. In his left hand he holds an unrolled scroll. He has long brown hair and wears a dark yellow jacket, reddish-brown breeches, white stockings and black shoes. A green cloak with a pink lining hangs from his left shoulder down to his heels at the back, and is held across his body with his right hand.


History note: W. H. Milligan Esq. no. 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 Shakespeare C.43-1928) 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: 48.3 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Burslem ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century, Late-19th Century, Early#
George III
Circa 1790 CE - 1820 CE


The source for this figure may have been a terracotta by Peter Scheemakers (1691-1781), now lost, but known from his sale catalogue of 8 May 1756 in which it was lot 23. Alternatively the portrait may be an original composition by John Cheere, by whom there is a 20 in high bronzed plaster figure dated 1749, at York City Art Gallery (formerly at Kirkleatham). This earthenware model may have been produced from a plaster cast by Cheere or by Peter Vanina, whose initials occur on other examples. Falkner noted an example wtih a bronzed finish marked 'WOOD & CALDWELL'.

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel ( green, yellow, flesh-pink, dark pink, red, brown, grey and black)
Base Depth 14 cm Width 23.7 cm

Materials used in production

presumed lead Lead-glaze

Techniques used in production

Moulding : White earthenware, moulded, assembled, lead-glazed, and painted in green, yellow, flesh-pink, dark pink, red, brown, grey and black enamels

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: rectangular white paper label

  • Text: 2491
  • Location: On underside of base
  • Method of creation: Printed in black
  • Type: Label
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: circular white paper stick-on label printed in black

  • Location: On underside of base
  • Method of creation: Printed in black
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.44-1928
Primary reference Number: 75104
Old object number: 2491
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 30 June 2016 Last processed: Tuesday 22 August 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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