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  • Place of origin:

    Burslem (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1800 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Enoch Wood & Sons (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Lead-glazed earthenware, painted in colours

  • Credit Line:

    Transferred from the Museum of Practical Geology, Jermyn Street

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 138, The Harry and Carol Djanogly Gallery, case 14, shelf 5

Physical description

Figure of Benjamin Franklin, of earthenware, painted in colours. Standing figure, wearing a brown coat, yellow knee-breeches, white stockings, black shoes and a blue cloak thrown over his shoulders. His right hand is stretched out, in his left is a book. Supported on a high square pedestal painted to imitate marble, with a yellow oval medallion in relief on either side. Underneath the pedestal are painted the words 'Dr. Franklin.'

Place of Origin

Burslem (made)


ca. 1800 (made)


Enoch Wood & Sons (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Lead-glazed earthenware, painted in colours

Marks and inscriptions

'Dr. Franklin'
Painted in black inside the pedestal


Height: 33.7 cm, Length: 9.8 cm pedestal, Width: 9.8 cm pedestal

Descriptive line

Figure of Benjamin Franklin, lead-glazed earthenware painted in colours, perhaps made at the factory of Enoch Wood, Burlsem, ca. 1800

Labels and date

Figure depicting Benjamin Franklin
Perhaps made at the factory of Enoch Wood, Burslem, Staffordshire, about 1800
Inscription: inside the pedestal are the words 'Dr. Franklin' in black
Lead-glazed earthenware

2471-1901 [23/05/2008]


Earthenware; Lead glaze


Painted; Glazed


Ceramics; Earthenware


Ceramics Collection

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