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  • Place of origin:

    Liverpool (made)

  • Date:

    ca.1772-75 (decorated)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Sadler and Green (decorated)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Transfer-printed tin-glazed earthenware

  • Credit Line:

    Lent by the American Friends of the V&A through the generosity of the Donald P. Costello Collection

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Tin-glazed earthenware tile transfer-printed in red with a female stage performer wearing a checked cloak and holding out before her a festoon of flowers. Behind her are trees. The subject of an 'opera girl of Paris in the character of Flora' is from a print of this name by Grignion after Brandoin, published by Sayer in 1771. The '88' border, so-called from the centrally placed scrolls to left and right, is an indication of a post-1765 date, confirmed by the date of the print source.

Place of Origin

Liverpool (made)


ca.1772-75 (decorated)


Sadler and Green (decorated)

Materials and Techniques

Transfer-printed tin-glazed earthenware


Height: 126 mm, Width: 126 mm, Thickness: 7 mm

Descriptive line

An Opera Girl of Paris in the Character of Flora', one of a selection of 29 tiles from the Donald P. Costello Collection, tin-glazed earthenware, transfer-printed in red, Liverpool, 18th century

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

Anthony Ray, Liverpool printed tiles, 1994


Tin-glazed earthenware




Ceramics; Tiles


Ceramics Collection

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