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Standing woman: C.938-1928

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Standing woman


Unidentified factory (Production)
Possibly David Wilson


Earthenware figure, press moulded, pearlware glazed and painted with polychrome enamels

Large earthenware figure of a standing woman. Her long dress is yellow and decorated with brown sprigs and a pink belt; the back is drawn up over her head, the front gathered beneath her naked breasts. Her left hand is raised to hold a pink wreath which frames her head and shoulders and is loosely tied around her hips. Her right holds the wreath and grasps the dress in front, revealing her bare toes. Her hair is painted in the same yellow as the dress and she wears a thin string of brown beads. She stands against a stylised tree stump and on an irregular flat green base with blue and white scrolls and a scallop shell to the front. The back is fully moulded and decorated. The underside is open and glazed into the interior.


History note: Bought from Mr Stewart Acton at Brighton on 29 June 1917, for £3.10 (three pounds ten shillings), by Dr J.W.L.Glaisher, Trinity College, Cambridge.

Legal notes

Dr. J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest, 1928

Measurements and weight

Height: 33 cm
Width: 13.5 cm

Relative size of this object

13.5 cm33 cm What does this represent?

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Place(s) associated

  • Hanley ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


First half of 19th Century
Circa 1810 - Circa 18401810


Earthenware figure groups were popular from around 1810, although the earliest examples date from nearly a century earlier. A cheaper alternative to porcelain figures, they were often produced by small potteries; very few are marked. Classical or literary subjects were frequently copied from porcelain examples, but potters increasingly turned to scenes from everyday life and topical events. These early figure groups are often complex, including modelled and moulded parts and applied decoration; the backs, though flat, are decorated. As demand increased, processes were streamlined to allow mass production and by around 1835 the earlier, relatively costly, methods had largely given way to three-part press-moulding.

Rackham (1935) suggests this figure might possibly have been made around1810 by David Wilson, who was the partner of James Neale at Church Works, Hanbury. However, the simple two-part moulding and limited palette of bright colours perhaps indicates a later date.

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels lead-glaze

Materials used in production

white Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Earthenware, press moulded, lead glazed and painted with enamels.

Inscription or legends present

  • Type: No visible mark
  • Text: No.4103. Large Staffordshire figure of a standing woman with a pink wreath over her head and shoulders, tied in from. b. in Brighton, June 29th, 1917.
  • Location: Underside of base
  • Method of creation: Rectangular paper label handwritten in black ink
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.938-1928
Primary reference Number: 76412
Old object number: 4103
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 2020 Last processed: Monday 25 July 2022

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

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