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Figure - Hogarth's Dog, Trump
  • Hogarth's Dog, Trump
    Roubiliac, Louis-François, born 1702 - died 1762
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Hogarth's Dog, Trump

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1747-1750 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Roubiliac, Louis-François, born 1702 - died 1762 (sculptor)
    Chelsea Porcelain factory (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Soft-paste porcelain

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    British Galleries, Room 53a, case 1

Object Type
Trump was the pet dog of the artist William Hogarth (1697-1762), and porcelain figures of the pug were probably intended for sale to admirers of Hogarth's paintings and prints. They would probably have been displayed in libraries or other domestic interiors. Trump has a much longer muzzle than the pugs of today.

Hogarth depicted Trump prominently in the foreground of his self-portrait of 1745 (now in Tate Britain). A combative personality, Hogarth identified strongly with his pet, and as a result was himself depicted as Trump in Pug's Graces, a caricature of 1753 by the watercolour painter Paul Sandby (1730-1809). The sculptor Louis-François Roubiliac (1705-1762) modelled the original terracotta on which this small sculpture is indirectly based. The manager of the Chelsea porcelain factory, Nicholas Sprimont (1716-1771), was a friend of both Hogarth and Roubiliac.

Design & Designing
Roubiliac's original terracotta of Trump remained with Hogarth's widow until her death in 1790, while plaster casts of the pug were sold among the sculptor's effects in 1762. The Staffordshire potter Josiah Wedgwood (1730-1795) made versions in Black Basalt. He based these on a cast bought in 1774 from the London plaster shop of Richard Parker. The Chelsea factory probably also based its version on a commercially available plaster.

Physical description

Figure of Hogarth's dog 'Trump', soft-paste porcelain.

Place of Origin

London (made)


1747-1750 (made)


Roubiliac, Louis-François, born 1702 - died 1762 (sculptor)
Chelsea Porcelain factory (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Soft-paste porcelain


Height: 13.2 cm approx., Width: 26.5 cm

Object history note

After an original by Louis-François Roubiliac (born in Lyon, France, 1705, died in London, 1762)
Made at the Chelsea porcelain factory, London

Descriptive line

Porcelain figure of Hogarth's dog 'Trump', Chelsea Porcelain factory, 1747-1750

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

Baker, Malcolm, and Brenda Richardson (eds.), A Grand Design: The Art of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London: V&A Publications, 1999.

Labels and date

British Galleries:
The dog was made after a model by the sculptor Louis-François Roubiliac. It is likely that this model was bought from one of the London plaster shops, which sold plaster chimneypiece and library ornaments. Such plasters were often copied by the English ceramic factories. [27/03/2003]

Subjects depicted



Ceramics; Porcelain; Figures & Decorative ceramics


Ceramics Collection

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