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Mug

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1790 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Earthenware transfer-printed in black enamel

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Lady Charlotte Schreiber

  • Museum number:

    414:1104-1885

  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 138, The Harry and Carol Djanogly Gallery, case 9, shelf 4

Physical description

Mug of earthenware transfer-printed in black enamel and cylindrical in shape with a loop handle. On the front is a shield of arms charged with various articles of food and cutlery, with a butcher and a cook as supporters and a serving-maid with Christmas pudding as a crest. Above is a scroll inscribed 'THE GLUTTON'S ARMS' and below on a scroll is the motto 'O THE ROAST BEEF OF OLD ENGLAND'.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

ca. 1790 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Earthenware transfer-printed in black enamel

Marks and inscriptions

'THE GLUTTON'S ARMS'
Inscribed above on the scroll

'O THE ROAST BEEF OF OLD ENGLAND'
Inscribed below on the scroll

Dimensions

Height: 15.2 cm, Diameter: 10.8 cm

Object history note

'The Roast Beef of Old England' is an English patriotic ballad. It was written by Henry Fielding for his play 'The Grub-Street Opera', which was first performed in 1731. The lyrics were added to over the next twenty years. The song increased in popularity when given a new setting by the composer Richard Leveridge, and it became customary for theatre audiences to sing it before, after, and occasionally during, any new play. The song provided the popular title for a 1748 painting by William Hogarth: O the Roast Beef of Old England (The Gate of Calais).

Descriptive line

Mug of earthenware transfer-printed in black enamel and cylindrical in shape with a loop handle, England, ca. 1790.

Materials

Earthenware

Techniques

Transfer printed

Subjects depicted

Cook; Servant; Coat of arms; Christmas pudding; Butcher

Categories

Ceramics; Earthenware

Collection

Ceramics Collection

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