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Original Drawing Book No.2

  • Object:

    Pattern book

  • Place of origin:

    Leeds (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1792-1804 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Hartley, Greens & Co. (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pen, ink, wash and watercolour on paper pasted into album; stitched into millboard covers

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mr. A.L. Allen

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case C, shelf 115

The Leeds pottery firm which eventually became Hartley, Greens & Co. in 1781 first began operating in the 1750s, though no precise date is known. The firm became most celebrated for its cream-coloured earthenware (popularly known as 'creamware') which formed the bulk of its output. This pattern book (and the companion volume, Original Drawing Book No.1, dating from 1778 to 1792, E.576-1941) contains designs and sketches of the domestic pottery - such as mugs, tankards, dishes and tea- and coffee-wares - which the firm produced in this period. The firm also issued printed pattern books for customers in the home market and abroad. Much of their profit came from overseas trade, and the sketches in the two pattern books are annotated in various languages, including German, French and Spanish, often with English translations. The drawings were made on loose sheets which were later pasted into the pages of a used ledger.

Physical description

Pattern book containing 96 pages of white laid paper and 4 pages of blue laid paper (index), stitched into millboard covers. Contains designs and sketches (pasted in) of domestic pottery. Inscribed with notes in English, French, German or Spanish.

Place of Origin

Leeds (made)


ca. 1792-1804 (made)


Hartley, Greens & Co. (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Pen, ink, wash and watercolour on paper pasted into album; stitched into millboard covers

Marks and inscriptions

Original Drawing Book No. 2
Inscribed in ink on front cover


Height: 33 cm, Width: 21 cm

Descriptive line

Pattern book, manufactured by Hartley, Greens & Co. ca. 1792-1804 Leeds

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

Victoria and Albert Museum, Department of Engraving, Illustration and Design and Department of Paintings, Accessions 1941, London: HMSO, 1954.
Lambert, Susan (ed.) Pattern & Design: Designs for the Decorative Arts 1480-1980 London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1983
John D. Griffin's 'The Leeds Pottery, 1770-1881' (Leeds : Leeds Art Collections Fund, 2005) discusses and illustrates every page of the V&A's Leeds Pottery pattern books.


Ink; Watercolour; Millboard


Stitching; Wash technique

Subjects depicted



Designs; Ceramics; Creamware & Pearlware; Tea, Coffee & Chocolate wares


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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