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Widow and Orphans: C.915-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Widow and Orphans


Production: Wood, Enoch (Possibly)




Lead-glazed earthenware figure of a woman with a baby and two little girls painted in polychrome enamels and inscribed on the base 'Widow/&/Orphans'

White earthenware, press-moulded, lead-glazed, and painted in blue, turquoise, green, yellow, flesh pink, red, lilac, dark brown, and black enamels. The underside is glazed and open and has a circular ventilation hole near the front. The figures are supported on a round straight-sided mound base with a tree trunk on the viewer's right, and a small pile of fire wood on the ground beside it. The widow stands with her left hand raised and her right hand extended to the front, holding a coin in the upturned palm of her hand. She carries a baby on her back, and has a little girl kneeling in front of her and a little boy with a heap of fire wood on his head standing further to the left. The woman has a white scarf over her brown hair, and wears a long blue short-sleeved dress patterned in black and green, and a yellow cloak with a turquoise lining. The kneeling girl has a blue headband on her dark brown hair, and wears a lilac dress with a green belt and cuffs. The little boy has a red tunic, green breeches, and black shoes. The base is coloured in shades of green and black, and on the front has an oval reserve inscribed 'Widow/&/Orphans' within a black frame.


History note: J. Staal & Co, South Molton Street, London, W. where bought for £3.10s. on 20 November 1911 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Depth: 12.4 cm
Height: 26.9 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Burslem ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


George IV
Circa 1820 - 1830


In Rackham's Catalogue of the Glaisher Collection . . ., 1935, this group was attributed probably to Enoch Wood's factory after the end of his partnership with James Caldwell in 1818.

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( pale blue, blue, green, turquoise, yellow, lilac, flesh pink, red, brown, and black)
Surface composed of lead-glaze ( very slightly tinted blue, visible under the base)
Base Width 12.7 cm

Materials used in production

white Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Press-moulding : White earthenware, press-moulded, lead-glazed and painted in pale blue, blue, green, turquoise, yellow, lilac, flesh pink, red, brown, and black enamels; the underside of the base is glazed and open and has a ventilation hole near the front

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: on reserved oval panel

  • Text: Widow/& Orphans
  • Location: On front of base in reserved panel
  • Method of creation: Painted in black enamel
  • Type: Inscription

Inscription present: rectangular white paper stick on label with two red lines round all but the lower edge

  • Text: No 3511/Staffordshire/group "Widow/and orphans"/b. in London/Nov 20 1911
  • Location: On underside of base
  • Method of creation: Hand written in black ink
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: circular white paper stick on label

  • Text: W E
  • Location: On underside of base
  • Method of creation: Hand written in black ink
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.915-1928
Primary reference Number: 76356
Old object number: 3511
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 29 August 2023 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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