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Woman representing Purity: C.903-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Woman representing Purity


Production: Unidentified Staffordshire factory




Lead-glazed earthenware painted in blue, green, yellow, flesh tones, brown, and purple enamels. The woman stands on a square plinth coloured to resemble marble, and is washing her hands in a basin supported on a tripod which is hung with festoons of laurel. She wears classical costume, comprising a yellow cloak thrown over a pink tunic with a long grey robe beneath it, and on her head has a chaplet of flowers.


History note: Percy Fitzgerald Collection; sold Christie, Manson & Woods 24 January 1908, Catalogue of the earthenware collection of Staffordshire ware formed during the past forty years by Percy Fitzgerald Esq., FSA of 37 St George’s Road, S.W. (Lugt 66062), part of lot 139; Puttick & Simpson, London, 10 March 1911 ; purchased by Mr Wells, Mr S. Fenton's assistant on behalf of Dr Glaisher for 28 guineas.

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Dr J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 74 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


Late 18th-early 19th century
George III
Circa 1790 - 1820

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of lustre ( pink) enamels

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Moulding : Earthenware, moulded in parts, assembled, lead-glazed and painted in polychrome enamels

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.903-1928
Primary reference Number: 76337
Old object number: 3386
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 19 February 2021 Last processed: Tuesday 31 January 2023

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

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