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Young man standing beside a cow and a recumbent dog: C.850-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Young man standing beside a cow and a recumbent dog


Production: Unidentified Staffordshire factory (Probably)
Production: Unidentified Yorkshire factory (Possibly)




White earthenware painted underglaze in blue, pale green, ochre and black; Pratt Ware

White earthenware painted in blue, pale green, ochre, and black under lead-glaze. The figures are supported on a rectangular base with rounded corners. The cow stands with its head on the viewer's right, a young man stands beside it leaning against a low tree stump, and resting his left elbow on the top of a spade. He rests his head on his left hand and has his right hand on the top of the spade. To the viewer's left of him there is a small spaniel-like dog lying down in profile. The cow is white except for her teats, forehead, and a saddle-like area on her back which are ochre mottled with groups of black spots, and her hoofs, tail and eyes which are black. The man wears a black hat and shoes, a blue jacket, a white shirt with black spots, ochre breeches and white stockings. His spade is black. The dog has black ears, paws and tail. The edge of the base is decorated with alternating rectangular areas of ochre, blue and black mottling, and its top is pale green.


History note: Mr R. L. Butland, Station Road, Taunton, from whom bought for £2.15s. on 2 November 1910 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 15.2 cm
Length: 15.5 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


19th Century, Early#
George III
Circa 1800 CE - 1810 CE


This group was probably initially part of a pair of which the other had a woman standing in front of the cow. It was attributed to Staffordshire by Glaisher and Rackham (1935), but might also have been made in Yorkshire, see Documentation, Lewis (1984)

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of metallic oxides ( blue, green, ochre, black)

Materials used in production

white Earthenware

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: rectangular white paper stick-on label

  • Text: Staffordshire/figure of a/cow with/farmer and/dog in front._____/Came from/Taunton/b. Nov. 1910
  • Location: On underside of base
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in black ink
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.850-1928
Primary reference Number: 76223
Old object number: 3306
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 5 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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