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Bust of John Milton (1608-74): C.93-1928

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Bust of John Milton (1608-74)


Probably Fishley, George (Potter)


Earthenware, press-moulded, coated with white slip, and lead-glazed yellow


History note: Charbonnier Collection, Lynton, Devon; purchased from Mr Charbonnier in 1912 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 23 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Fremington ⪼ North Devon ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


Mid 19th century
Victoria I
Production date: circa AD/CE 1850


This bust was catalogued by Bernard Rackham in 1935 as John Welsey, but it is clearly derived from a Milton prototype such as the Ralph Wood earthenware bust. Comparison with the Enoch wood bust of Wesley or inferior versions such as the one attributed to J. Dale of Burlsem (C.973-1928) confirm that this is not Welsey. Nevertheless it is possible that the potter intended it to represent him.

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Components of the work

Exterior: composed of slip ( white)

Materials used in production

Lead-glaze Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Earthenware, moulded, coated with white slip, and lead-glazed yellow

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.93-1928
Primary reference Number: 76400
Collection number: 38
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 23 August 2017 Last processed: Sunday 28 November 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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