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Perswaition: C.957-1928

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Current Location: In storage




Potter: Walton, John




Lead-glazed earthenware, moulded, and painted overglaze in blue, green, yellow, red, brown, and black enamels. 'PERSWAITION' impressed on a plaque on the viewer's right front corner.


History note: Captain Reynolds, London; sold en bloc to Messrs Gill & Reigate, London; one of thirty-five pieces bought from them by Mr Stoner of Stoner & Evans, London; bought from him with eighteen further pieces by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge.

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Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 20 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Burslem ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


19th Century, Early#
George IV
Circa 1820 - 1825


'Perswaition' is a charming product of the realistic school of figure-making which developed in the Potteries between about 1800 and 1840. Tjhe couple are depicted in an unaffected manner, as if the young man had decided to propose on a stroll in tjhe garden, or on their way home from church or chapel. The stylized tree behind them, known as bocage (a grove) was derived from eighteenth-century porcelain figures. It was a feature of figures by John Walton, who was baptized in 1780, and was listed as a potter in local directories from 1818 to 1835. 'Perswaition' can be attributed to Walton because strictly comparable groups exist marked 'WALTON' impressed or in relief on a raised scroll. The group may have been derived from a print entitled PERSUASION, published in 1809.

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels
Surface composed of lead-glaze

Materials used in production


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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.957-1928
Primary reference Number: 76449
Old object number: 3204
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 15 June 2023 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

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

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