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John Wesley Preaching: C.92-1928

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Current Location: In storage


John Wesley Preaching


Potter: Fishley, George




Red earthenware with details in white with impressed decoration, and greenish-yellowish lead-glaze. Wesley stands with his feet together on a high mound base. He wears a long gown; a stole represented by an applied strip of white clay impressed with small dots. He holds an open book in his left hand and has his right hand raised.


History note: Theodore Charbonnier (1845-1932), Lynmouth, Devon, from whom purchased in October 1912 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 14.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Fremington ⪼ Devonshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


19th Century, Mid#
Victoria I
Circa 1840 CE - 1850 CE


After John Wesley's death in 1791 he continued to be greatly revered. Busts and figures of him preaching were made in large numbers. This simple figure was probably made by Geroge Fishley during the 1840s. By the his son, Edmund, had taken charge of the family pottery, and Fishley senior seems to have turned his hand to modelling human and animal figures.

School or Style

Country Pottery

Components of the work

Visible Surfaces composed of lead-glaze ( greenish-yellow)
Decoration On Stole

Materials used in production

red Earthenware

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.92-1928
Primary reference Number: 76385
Old object number: 35
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 22 August 2017 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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