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The Whip-Poor-Will or Lesser Goat-Sucker: C.81-1932

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


The Whip-Poor-Will or Lesser Goat-Sucker


Factory: Chelsea Porcelain Manufactory




Soft-paste porcelain painted in enamels

Soft-paste porcelain, moulded, and painted over glaze in greyish-blue, green, yellow, pink, dark pink, red, purple, brown, and black enamels. The circular underside is unglazed and has a small circular ventilation hole in the centre. The tree trunk rises from a low circular mound. Some roots are visible at the front, and there are four groups of raised leaves at intervals on the sides. The bird perches on the top on both feet. Its plumage is painted in greyish-blue, yellow, pink, red, brown, and purple, and its eyes in black The base is white with four green and yellow splashes. The base and tree trunk are lightly painted in pale brown on one side, the roots are pink, and the groups of raised leaves are yellow and green with dark brown veins.


History note: Unknown before donor, Mrs W.D. (Frances Louisa) Dickson, Bournemouth

Legal notes

Given by Mrs W.D. Dickson

Measurements and weight

Height: 15.8 cm
Length: 15 cm

Relative size of this object

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Place(s) associated

  • Chelsea ⪼ Middlesex ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1932-10) by Dickson, W. D. (Frances Louisa), Mrs


Raised anchor period (1749-1752)
Mid 18th Century
George II
Circa 1750 CE - 1752 CE


The model was adapted from pl. 63, the Whip Poor Will or Lesser Goat-Sucker in George Edwards, The Natural History of Uncommon Birds, vol. II, 1747.

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( greyish-blue, green, yellow, pink, dark pink, red, purple, brown, and black)
Visble Surfaces composed of lead-glaze
Visible Surfaces

Materials used in production

Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Slip-casting : Soft-paste porcelain, slip-cast (presumed) and painted overglaze in greyish-blue, green, yellow, pink, dark pink, red, purple, brown, and black enamels

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: oval pad with raised anchor

  • Text: a raised anchor
  • Location: On the front of the tree trunk
  • Method of creation: Applied
  • Type: Factory mark

References and bibliographic entries

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.81-1932
Primary reference Number: 80510
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 13 October 2020 Last processed: Friday 11 November 2022

Associated departments & institutions

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

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