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The Prophet Elijah and the Ravens: C.881B-1928

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Current Location: In storage


The Prophet Elijah and the Ravens


Production: Wood, Ralph II
Production: Wood, Ralph III (Perhaps)




Lead-glazed earthenware figure of Elijah and the Raven painted in polychrome enamels

White earthenware, moulded, covered with slightly blue-tinted lead-glaze, and painted in pale blue, turquoise, green, yellow, flesh pink, salmon, dark red, purple, brown, and black enamels. The figure is supported on a shallow square base decorated with a horizontal dark red line, and the name 'Elijah' on the front. The underside has curved sides and a central ventilation hole (blocked). The prophet is seated in front of a tree on a rock with a stream of water flowing from it over a mound .He has his left leg forward and holds his hands one above the other in front of him to receive food. He looks upwards towards the viewer's right. A raven is perched in the tree above his head. He has brown hair and beard, and wears a salmon-coloured cap, a white gown decorated with floral sprigs and spots, a black belt, a white cloak with a yellow lining, and sandals with dark red straps. The rock and the mound are painted naturalistically in brown, turquoise, yellow and green, and the stream in pale grey.


History note: Private house sale at Wisbech; bought for £6 with its companion Widow of Zarapeth by Mr Roe, Cambridge, from whom purchase for £8 on 24 February 1907 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 27.6 cm
Width: 12.8 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
George III
Circa 1790 - 1801


The story of Elijah being instructed by God to travel eastwards and hide himself by a brook called Cherith, where he would be fed by Ravens, is told in the Bible, I Kings, 17, 1-7. On this model the raven who should be perching beside him on the rock is missing, except for its lower part.

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel ( blue, turquoise, green, yellow, salmon, flesh pink, purple, red, brown, grey and black)
Surface composed of lead-glaze ( very slightly blue tinted)
Base Width 11.4 cm

Materials used in production

white Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Moulding : White earthenware, press-moulded, covered with slightly blue tinted lead-glaze, and painted in blue, turquoise, green, yellow, salmon pink, purple, red, brown, grey, and black enamels

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Elijah
  • Method of creation: Painted in dark red enamel
  • Type: Inscription
  • Text: Ra. Wood/Burslem
  • Location: On underside near the front
  • Method of creation: Impressed
  • Type: Factory mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.881B-1928
Primary reference Number: 76283
Old object number: 2604
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 29 August 2023 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

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

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