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Ceramic

  • Place of origin:

    Burslem (Made)

  • Date:

    c.1900 (Made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Doulton Ceramic Factory (Maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Glazed bone china

  • Credit Line:

    Accepted by HM Government in lieu of Inheritance Tax and allocated to the Victoria and Albert Museum, 1996

  • Museum number:

    S.1064-1996

  • Gallery location:

    Theatre & Performance, Room 106, case 5B, shelf 8

This represents the great Ellen Terry (1847-1928) as Queen Katherine in Shakespeare's Henry VIII which she first played at the Lyceum Theatre on 5 January 1892 to Henry Irving's Cardinal Wolsey. Irving spared no expense on the lavish settings and costumes for this production, based on paintings by Holbein. Ellen Terry was first employed by Sir Henry Irving at the Lyceum Theatre in 1878; she was his leading lady until 1902 and their on-stage partnership became one of the most famous in the history of the theatre. Royal Doulton produced a pair of figures showing them in their respective roles.

Royal Doulton began in Lambeth, London, in 1815 when John Doulton manufactured ceramic items such as stoneware bottles and sewer pipes. The Victorian revolution in hygiene and sanitation ensured its success, and Doulton's later produced tableware and commemorative items. They moved to Burslem in The Potteries in 1882, added porcelain to their production two years later and were granted a Royal Warrant in 1901.

Physical description

Royal Doulton bone china figure of Ellen Terry as Queen Katherine in Henry Vlll, standing full-length, wearing a pale blue and cream dress with a long cream train, standing on a cream base. She is looking to her right, and holds her right arm in front of her waist, and her left hand down by her side.

Place of Origin

Burslem (Made)

Date

c.1900 (Made)

Artist/maker

Doulton Ceramic Factory (Maker)

Materials and Techniques

Glazed bone china

Marks and inscriptions

Noke
Incised in the base below where her train falls to the right side of the figure

DOULTON BURSLEM ENGLAND
The crowned mark of the Doulton factory, stamped on the base.

RA1109
Impressed on the base

Dimensions

Height: 31.8 cm, Width: 10.7 cm of base, Depth: 10.9 cm of base

Object history note

Ellen Terry played Queen Katherine in Shakespeare's Henry Vlll opposite Henry Irving sey and William Terriss as the King, Lyceum Theatre 5 January 1892.

Descriptive line

Ellen Terry as Queen Katherine in Henry Vlll by William Shakespeare, Lyceum Theatre 5 January 1892. Royal Doulton china c.1900.

Labels and date

8, 9
CERAMIC FIGURES
1985

Depicting the favourite characters and famous actors of the day, ceramic figures were popular collectables and souvenirs. They were produced by many different factories, mainly in the Staffordshire area. This miniature toby jug by Rockingham Pottery represents Pooh-Bah from the comic opera The Mikado; famous actress Ellen Terry, depicted here as Queen Katherine in Shakepeare’s Henry VIII, was created by Royal Doulton.

Poo-Bah Figurine
Ceramic
Made by Rockingham Pottery
Given by the makers
Museum no. S.679-1985

Ellen Terry Figurine
Ceramic
Made by Royal Doulton
Accepted by HM Government in lieu of Inheritance Tax and allocated to the Victoria and Albert Museum, 1996
Museum no. S.1064-1996
[June 2011]

Materials

Bone china; Glaze

Categories

Entertainment & Leisure; Figures & Decorative ceramics

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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