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Shepherdess: C.858-1928

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Current Location: In storage




Production: Unidentified Staffordshire factory




Earthenware figure of a shepherdess accompanied by a lamb decorated with coloured lead-glazes

Cream earthenware, press-moulded, and painted with translucent blue-tinted, blue, pale green, and brown lead-glazes. The underside of the glazed base is closed and concave with a central ventilation hole. The shepherdess stands on a roughly circular mound with a rococo style scrolled and frilled edge, and a grassy top. She faces to the front, holding her left hand up to her breast. Her right arm is missing. She has brown hair, and wears a shallow-brimmed round hat with a blue edging. Her white jacket has a basque and is edged with blue, and there is blue lacing across the stomacher. Her skirt has a green looped up layer at the top, and is long and brown at the back. Her petticoat is bluish white. The lamb lies on her right looking upwards. Its eyes are outlined in blue.


History note: Unknown before Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

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Dr J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

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


Circa 1785 - 1800


Although this figure is the same model as the Shepherdess attributed to Ralph Wood II (C.44-1930), it is different in several ways which suggest that it was made by a different potter. The whole is a little larger and much heavier in the hand, the base is enclosed, the details are less sharp, and the outlining of the eyes in blue is unattractive, in comparison with the brown irises on the typical Ralph Wood figures.

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.858-1928
Primary reference Number: 76236
Old object number: R.3199
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 21 February 2023 Last processed: Tuesday 17 October 2023

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

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