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  • Place of origin:

    England (possibly, made)
    Wales (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    ca.1790 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Earthenware, transfer-printed in blue

  • Credit Line:

    Transferred from the Museum of Practical Geology, Jermyn Street

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 139, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 31, shelf 2

Physical description

Punch-bowl of earthenware, transfer-printed in blue. Inside on the bottom is a medallion enclosing busts of King George III and Queen Charlotte, with the inscriptions 'A KING REVERED A QUEEN BELOVED. LONG MAY THEY LIVE.' Round the rim inside and outside is a border of Chinoiserie floral and diaper ornament. Below on the inside are sprays of flowers, outside is a landscape four times repeated. Beneath the busts are the initials 'G C'.

Place of Origin

England (possibly, made)
Wales (possibly, made)


ca.1790 (made)


Unknown (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Earthenware, transfer-printed in blue

Marks and inscriptions

Inscription printed in blue on interior bottom


Height: 11.1 cm, Diameter: 29.2 cm

Object history note

Printed decoration in bowl from a print of an oval medallion commemorating the visit to St Paul's by George III and Queen Charlotte, with portraits of the king and queen, heads in profile to right in classical style, within roundel laurel wreath, with motto below. 1789. After Amelia Campbell, by James Newton Published in: London, 1789.

Descriptive line

Bowl of earthenware transfer-printed with underglaze blue, England or Wales, about 1790

Labels and date

Blue and White: British Printed Ceramics
V&A, 31 Jan 2015 - 3 Jan 2016

18 Bowl with King George III and Queen Charlotte *
England or Wales, about 1790
Lead-glazed earthenware

The portraits of King George III and Queen Charlotte were originally engraved to commemorate their first visit to St Paul’s Cathedral, London, in 1789. They are copied from a print engraved by James Newton after a drawing by Amelia Campbell. The pattern was also produced in 1793 at the outbreak of war with France, following the execution of King Louis XVI.

Museum no. 3993-1901 [31/01/2015 - 03/01/2016]





Subjects depicted

Landscapes; Floral patterns; Diaper-work


Ceramics; Earthenware


Ceramics Collection

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