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  • Place of origin:

    Burslem (made)

  • Date:

    1920-1949 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Noke, C.J. (maker)
    Doulton Ceramic Factory (makers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Glazed porcelain

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Miss Marguerite Steen

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This figurine, modelled for Doulton by C.J. Noke, represents 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 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.

Doulton originally produced a monochrome version of this, and Irving as Wolsey, at Burslem in the 1890s. They later re-issued it in the HN series as HN379. 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

Glazed Porcelain figure of Ellen Terry as Queen Katherine in Henry VIII standing on an integral black base, with her right hand in front of her chest and her left hand down by her side. She wears a blue cap, a long black dress with a mediaeval style belt decorated with a floral motif and a long blue train. She has blue puffed sleeves with gold bands and ermine' cuffs.

Place of Origin

Burslem (made)


1920-1949 (made)


Noke, C.J. (maker)
Doulton Ceramic Factory (makers)

Materials and Techniques

Glazed porcelain

Marks and inscriptions

Crowned Doulton Mark
Royal Doulton, England
On base

'Ellen Terry'
'Henry VIII'
Painted on base in black

C.J. Noke sc
Potted by :- Doulton Ltd
Painted on base in black

HN 379
Painted in black inside hollow base. HN numbers were added to Royal Doulton wares from 1913 and stood for Harry Nixon, the firm's artist and designer with overall reponsiblity for painting the figures.


Height: 32.0 cm approx, Width: 16.0 cm approx, at widest point, Depth: 11.0 cm of base, Width: 12.0 cm of base

Descriptive line

Glazed figurine of Ellen Terry as the Queen in Henry VIII, Lyceum Theatre, 1892. Royal Doulton.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Royal Doulton Figures Produced at Burslem c.1890-1978 by Desmond Eyles and Richard Dennis

Production Note

Its Doulton number was HN39. It was introduced in 1920 and withdrawn in 1949.


Entertainment & Leisure; Figures & Decorative ceramics; Porcelain


Theatre and Performance Collection

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