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Woman and Child representing Charity: EC.35.1-1943

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Woman and Child representing Charity


Wood, Enoch (Factory)


Pale cream earthenware, press-moulded, and covered with very slightly blue lead-glazed which is finely crazed and has discoloured to pale brown over most of the surface. The underside is hollow and glazed. The figures are supported on a high rounded base with three clumps of applied 'moss' on the top at the front, and a tree stump at the back to support the figure. Charity, stands looking downards, both arms missing from above the elbow. She has long wavy hear falling down over her shoulders, and wears a long dress with low neckline and high waist, and a scarf draped over her right shoulder and tied on her left hip. A child, nude apart from a drape over his shoulder and round his body, and lacking his head, stands beside her raising both arms to her side.


History note: Found beneath the pavement on the south side of Burslem old Town Hall (opposite the Leopard Inn) during Mr Bemrose's excavation in April 1938; exchanged with other fragments for a copy of Rackham's Catalogue of the Glaisher Collection, 1935.

Measurements and weight

Height: 18.6 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Burslem ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Exchanged (1943) by The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery


First quarter of 19th century
George IV
Circa 1820 CE - 1830 CE

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Components of the work

Base Width 9.5 cm

Materials used in production

pale cream Earthenware presumed lead-glaze, very slightly tinted blue Lead-glaze

Techniques used in production

Press-moulding : Pale cream earthenware, press-moulded, with shredded clay 'moss' applied to the top of the base, and covered with very slightly blue lead-glaze which has crazed and discoloured to pale borwn over much of the surface

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Identification numbers

Accession number: EC.35.1-1943
Primary reference Number: 76953
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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