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Dismal Hound: C.28-1992

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Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


Dismal Hound


Production: Charles Gouyn (Probably)




Soft-paste porcelain figure of Dismal Hound, slip-cast and glazed.

Soft-paste porcelain figure of Dismal Hound, slip-cast and glazed. The glaze is off-white and very speckly. The unglazed underside has a large oval opening, leaving a flange round the edge. The hound bitch sits on an oval, low mound base with its front paws apart and its head turnned to its left, looking downwards. It has floppy ears and a lugubrious expression.


History note: Dr and Mrs H. Statham; Dr Statham died 1967; Mrs Statham died 1970; their daughter, Miss Beryl Statham by whom lent anonymously in 1970. Beqeathed by Missl Statham, 19 , and accepted by H.M. Government in lieu of Inheritance Tax and allocated to the Fitzwilliam Museum

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Bequeathed by Miss Statham, accepted by H.M. Government in lieu of Inheritance Tax and allocated to the Fitzwilliam Museum

Measurements and weight

Height: 12.5 cm
Length: 10 cm

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Allocated (1992) by H.M. Government


18th Century, Mid
George II
Circa 1749 CE - 1759 CE


Probably made by Charles Gouyn of St James's

School or Style


Components of the work

Surface composed of lead-glaze ( except for the underside, presumed lead)

Materials used in production

Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Slip-casting : Soft-paste porcelain, slip-cast and lead-glazed. The glaze is off-white and very speckly

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: A triangle crossing at the top
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Type: Mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.28-1992
Primary reference Number: 80751
Old loan number: Statham Loan 10-1988
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 2 August 2023 Last processed: Friday 29 September 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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