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Figure group - William Tell

William Tell

  • Object:

    Figure group

  • Place of origin:

    Staffordshire (probably, made)

  • Date:

    ca.1840-50 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Earthenware, painted in enamel colours and gilt

  • Credit Line:

    Given by J.D.Kennedy

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 139, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 30, shelf 5

Physical description

Group, man and child; 'William Tell', in costume of pink tights, dark blue coat, green cloak lined with vermillion and white hat with pink ostrich feathers, stands beside his son, in blue dress, green hat and white socks, with an apple on his hand. Inscribed 'William Tell' in gold on base.

Place of Origin

Staffordshire (probably, made)


ca.1840-50 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Earthenware, painted in enamel colours and gilt

Marks and inscriptions

three dots
painted in blue to base

'William Tell'
painted in gilt to front of base


Height: 25.4 cm

Object history note

Given by J.D.Kennedy

Descriptive line

Figure group, 'William Tell', earthenware, Staffordshire, about 1840-50.

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

Harding, A,N., Victorian Staffordshire Figures 1835-1875, Book One, (Atglen: Schiffer, 1998), p.354-56. ill.
Pugh, P.D. Gordon, Staffordsshire Portrait Figures of the Victorian Era, Woodbridge: Antique Collectors' Club, 1987), pp.519-20.ill.



Subjects depicted




Production Type

Mass produced


Ceramics Collection

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