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Original Drawing Book No.2

Pattern Book
ca. 1792-1804 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

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.


object details
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Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Pen, ink, wash and watercolour on paper pasted into album; stitched into millboard covers
Brief Description
Pattern book, manufactured by Hartley, Greens & Co. ca. 1792-1804 Leeds
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.
Dimensions
  • Height: 33cm
  • Width: 21cm
Marks and Inscriptions
Original Drawing Book No. 2 (Inscribed in ink on front cover)
Credit line
Given by Mr. A.L. Allen
Subject depicted
Summary
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.
Bibliographic References
  • 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.
Collection
Accession Number
E.577-1941

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