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Tile - Romeo and Juliet I.
  • Romeo and Juliet I.
    Smith, John Moyr, born 1839 - died 1912
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Romeo and Juliet I.

  • Object:

    Tile

  • Place of origin:

    Staffordshire (made)

  • Date:

    ca.1880 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Smith, John Moyr, born 1839 - died 1912 (designer)
    Minton (makers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Glazed earthenware

  • Credit Line:

    Harry R. Beard Collection, given by Isobel Beard

  • Museum number:

    S.884-1981

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Minton tile printed in underglaze blue with an image showing an incident in the first scene of Romeo and Juliet. Sampson and Gregory, servants of the Capulet family, are confronting Abraham and Balthasar, who serve the rival Montague family, and Sampson bites his thumb at the Montagues to show his contempt for them. Mounted in a wooden frame with four tiles from the same Minton Shakespeare series illustrating incidents from King Lear, Act V, scene iii; King Lear, Act l, scene i; The Tempest, Act ll, scene ii, and Hamlet, Act l, scene i. Designed by John Moyr Smith (1839-1912).

Physical description

Square encaustic tile decorated in underglaze blue with triangular decorative pattern in each corner surrounding a central image within a roundel depicting the encounter between the Capulet servants Sampson and Gregory, and the Montague servants Abraham and Balthasar, with Sampson biting his thumb at the Montagues, an incident in Romeo and Juliet, Act l, scene i. Mounted in a wooden frame with four tiles from the same Minton Shakespeare series.

Place of Origin

Staffordshire (made)

Date

ca.1880 (made)

Artist/maker

Smith, John Moyr, born 1839 - died 1912 (designer)
Minton (makers)

Materials and Techniques

Glazed earthenware

Descriptive line

Minton tile printed with an image of an incident in Act l, scene i, of Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet. Designed by John Moyr Smith (1839-1912)

Materials

Earthenware; Glaze

Techniques

Printing; Firing (heating); Glazing (coating)

Categories

Entertainment & Leisure; Ceramics; Tiles

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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