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Charity: C.849-1928

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Object information

Current Location: In storage




Production: Unidentified Staffordshire factory (Probably)




Earthenware painted in yellow, brown and dark brown under lead-glaze. A woman wearing a hooded robe, holding a baby in her arms, and a little boy standing beside her on a square base.

Cream earthenware, press-moulded, painted in yellow, orange, and dark brown under slightly blue tinted lead-glaze. The square base is open underneath but only the area below the figure is glazed. Charity stands looking downwards at a baby held to her breast in her left arm and has her right arm extended to the side (lower part missing). She has long brown hair, eyes and eyebrows, and wears a long yellow dress scattered with dabs of brown, and an orange cloak which covers her head and extends to the ground at the back. A nude little boy coloured orange stands close beside her left side and and shelters beneath her cloak. The sides of the base are coloured dark brown.


History note: A cottage at Lolworth, Cambs; bought by Stanley Woolston of Cambridge, who sold it for £1 on 7 March1910 to Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 21.8 cm
Width: 11 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century, Late-19th Century, Early#
Circa 1790 - 1805


The attribution to Staffordshire is uncertain.

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( yellow, brown, and dark brown metallic oxide colours)
Base Depth 8 cm Width 8.5 cm

Materials used in production

cream Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Press-moulding : Cream earthenware, press-moulded, painted in yellow, orange, and dark brown under slightly blue tinted lead-glaze. The square base is open underneath but only the area below the figure is glazed

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: rectangular white paper stick on label with blue line edgeing on three sides and plant motif in upper two corners

  • Text: No 3143./Staffordshire/figure representing/Charity/Very archaic in/modelling and/colouring.Came from a cot/tage at Lolworth/nr Cambridge./b, at Cambridge/March 7 1910
  • Location: On front of inside of base
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in black ink
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.849-1928
Primary reference Number: 76222
Old object number: 3143
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 27 June 2023 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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