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Figure - General Wolfe

General Wolfe

  • Object:

    Figure

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1760 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Bow Porcelain Factory (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Soft-paste porcelain painted in enamels and slightly gilded

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Lady Charlotte Schreiber

  • Museum number:

    414:5-1885

  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 139, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case A, shelf 1

Physical description

Figure, in soft-paste porcelain painted in enamels and slightly gilded, of General Wolfe standing as if directing operations beside a tree stump on a rococo-scrolled base, and he has a musket slung across his shoulder and a crêpe band on his left arm, and at his feet are cannon, cannon-balls, grenades, a spontoon, a standard, and sprays of laurel, and on the base is a partly rolled plan of a fortress inscribed 'Beck'.

Place of Origin

London (made)

Date

ca. 1760 (made)

Artist/maker

Bow Porcelain Factory (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Soft-paste porcelain painted in enamels and slightly gilded

Marks and inscriptions

'T°' [impressed]
The mark of the 'repairer', traditionally identified as 'Tebo' but possibly John Toulouse or another

'Beck'
Inscribed on the base, for Quebec.

Dimensions

Height: 35.2 cm

Object history note

Copied from an engraving by Richard Houston after a sketch by Captain Hervey Smyth, and probably made to commemorate the victory over the French at the Battle of Quebec 1759. Its companion piece is General John Manners 414:6-1885 (Sch. I 54A).
Purchased by Lady Charlotte Schreiber from Owles's (?) Sale, Yarmouth, for £25 10 shillings in November 1872

Descriptive line

Figure, in soft-paste porcelain painted in enamels and slightly gilded, of General Wolfe standing as if directing operations beside a tree stump on a rococo-scrolled base, made by Bow Porcelain Factory, London, ca. 1760.

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

McNamara, Carole, ed. Benjamin West: General Wolfe and the Art of Empire. Michigan, University of Michigan Museum of Art, 2012. 50p. ill. ISBN978-1-930561-16-8
Redstone, Dr. David. <u>Finds and Excavations on the Bow Factory Site 1867-1968, Part 1</u>. English Ceramics Circle Transactions, Volume 18, part 3, 2004, pp 381-397, illustrated fig. 35, p. 396, the companion figure of the Marquis of Granby is fig. 36. The figures are used to link to fragments found on the Bow site by Aubrey Toppin in 1921.
Bradshaw, Peter. Bow Porcelain Figures, circa 1748-1774. 1992, fig. 168

Materials

Porcelain

Techniques

Painted

Subjects depicted

Muskets; Flags; Cannons; Man

Categories

Ceramics; Porcelain

Collection

Ceramics Collection

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