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The goddess Diana: C.892-1928

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Current Location: In storage


The goddess Diana


Production: Unidentified Staffordshire factory
Production: Wood, Ralph, II (Possibly)




Lead-glazed earthenware figure of the goddess Diana painted in polychrome enamels

White earthenware, press-moulded, covered with slightly blue tinted lead-glaze and painted in blue, turquoise, green, yellow, pale orange, lilac, brown, and dark brown enamels. The shallow square base is chamfered on the inside edge and has a large central ventilation hole. Diana stands on a low mound with a tree stump at the back. She steps forward on her left foot and has her right knee relaxed. She holds a bow in her right hand and with her left is about to draw an arrow from a quiver on her back. Her brown hair is swept up into a bun at the back of her head and long tresses fall down over her shoulders. She wears a long white dress decorated pale orange circles and small brown spots, which has turquoise borders around the armholes and neck edge, and a blue sash tied at centre front. The lower part has a turquoise lining and is caught up in two places at the front by turquoise ribbons and blue brooches to reveal her elegant legs. A yellow and lilac cloak passes over her left shoulder and round her back to her right side where it is tucked into her belt. Her bare feet are clad in sandals with dark brown straps. The mound and tree stump are mottled in green, turquoise, and brown. A yellowish-brown line runs round the side of the base.


History note: Victor Benjamin Button, from whom bought for about £2 in 1905 by Dr JW.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 28.8 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Burslem ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


19th Century, Early#
George III
Circa 1800 - 1820


Diana was the goddess of hunting in Roman mythology. She was the equivalent of the Greek goddess, Artemis. Although more static, and transposed, the figure might have been inspired by a small-scale reproduction of the famous marble Diane Chasseresse now in the Louvre.

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel ( blue, turquoise, green, yellow, pale orange, lilac, brown, and dark brown)
Base Depth 11 cm Width 11 cm

Materials used in production

white Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Press-moulding : White earthenware, press-moulded, covered with slightly blue tinted lead-glaze and painted in blue, turquoise, green, yellow, pale orange, lilac, brown, and dark brown enamels

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.892-1928
Primary reference Number: 76301
Old object number: 2335
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 4 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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