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Toby Jug: C.752 & A-1928

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Toby Jug


Production: Unidentified Staffordshire factory (Probably)




White earthenware, moulded in the form of a seated man holding a jug, painted and sponged in blue, yellow, orange and grey and black under blue-tinted glaze

White earthenware, press-moulded, with applied handle, painted and sponged in blue, yellow, orange, and grey under clear, blue-tinted lead-glaze. The man is seated facing the front with his feet apart, and holds the handle of a foaming jug of ale in his left hand and supports it with his right. He has shoulder-length grey hair, and his eyes and eyebrows are also grey. He wears a grey tricorne hat, with a removable crown, a bluish-white waistcoat under a long blue coat with pockets, and orange cuffs with three black buttons on each; orange breeches with three black buttons at the knees, stockings with patterned with brown wavy stripes and orange zig-zags, and grey shoes with bows on top. His yellow jug is decorated with brown spots and V-shapes. The base, the sides and back of the stool and the handle are sponged in orange and blue.


History note: A woman living in Gwydir Street, Cambridge who used to live in Castle End; Stanley Woolston, Cambridge, from whom purchased for £15 on 6 December 1913 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Depth: 175 cm
Height: 25.2 cm
Width: 12.3 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century, Late
George III
Circa 1785 - 1800


The underglaze colouring of this Toby Jug is in the typical grey, brown, yellow, orange, and blue palette of Pratt Ware. The jug is unusual in having retained its original crown to the hat which forms a removable cover.

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high temperature colours ( blue, yellow, orange, brown and grey)

Materials used in production

off whie Earthenware
slightly blue tinted Lead-glaze

Techniques used in production

Moulding : White earthenware, moulded, painted and sponged in blue, yellow, orange, brown, and grey under blue-tinted lead-glaze

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.752 & A-1928
Primary reference Number: 75977
Old object number: 3698
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Sunday 18 June 2023 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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