Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
British Galleries, Room 122

Mug

ca.1851 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Object Type
This souvenir mug shows a 'View of the Building in Hyde Park for the Great Exhibition 1851' printed all round in a deep underglaze blue. This mug was not an expensive item, but it has been finished off attractively with an additional printed decoration on the inside of the mouth rim.

Historical Associations
Many types of souvenir were produced for sale to visitors to the Crystal Palace as a memento of their day out. However, this one is not marked with the name of the retailer. The printed scene shows a man wearing a kilt and a couple in rather unusual costume. This is presumably intended to indicate that visitors to the Exhibition were travelling from far away to see the wonders on display.

Commemorative Wares
Commemorative wares were produced on a commercial scale from the 1780s and by the 1820s, transfer-printing on earthenware and porcelain had become a staple part of the pottery industry. Both transfer-printing on earthenware, begun in the 1750s, and cream-coloured earthenware, invented in the 1760s, allowed for increased speed and economies in production. But commemorative wares did not become viable on a large scale until the development of canals, the improvement of road quality, and the introduction of railways which allowed fragile products to be transported cheaply and efficiently.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Earthenware, transfer-printed in underglaze blue
Brief Description
Great Exhibition commemorative mug, earthenware, transfer-printed in deep underglaze blue, English, ca.1851
Physical Description
Commemorative mug, a souvenir of the Great Exhibition held in the Crystal Palace in 1851. Earthenware, transfer-printed in deep underglaze blue with an exterior view of the building, the insdie decorated with an ornamental scrolled border.
Dimensions
  • Height: 10cm
  • Including handle width: 13.5cm
  • Diameter: 10.6cm
Dimensions checked: Measured; 18/01/1999 by sf
Marks and Inscriptions
'VIEW OF THE BUILDING IN HYDE PARK FOR THE GREAT EXHIBITION 1851', printed (outside)
Gallery Label
British Galleries: At the Great Exhibition, mugs became a popular exhibition souvenir. They were affordable and easily produced. As happens today, blank standard production mugs were made and decorated with transfer prints appropriate to the occassion.(27/03/2003)
Credit line
Given by Mrs Eric Hervey
Object history
Probably made in Staffordshire. From a group of Crystal Palace memorabilia which belonged to Gerald Smedley Hervey, MBE.
Subject depicted
Place Depicted
Summary
Object Type
This souvenir mug shows a 'View of the Building in Hyde Park for the Great Exhibition 1851' printed all round in a deep underglaze blue. This mug was not an expensive item, but it has been finished off attractively with an additional printed decoration on the inside of the mouth rim.

Historical Associations
Many types of souvenir were produced for sale to visitors to the Crystal Palace as a memento of their day out. However, this one is not marked with the name of the retailer. The printed scene shows a man wearing a kilt and a couple in rather unusual costume. This is presumably intended to indicate that visitors to the Exhibition were travelling from far away to see the wonders on display.

Commemorative Wares
Commemorative wares were produced on a commercial scale from the 1780s and by the 1820s, transfer-printing on earthenware and porcelain had become a staple part of the pottery industry. Both transfer-printing on earthenware, begun in the 1750s, and cream-coloured earthenware, invented in the 1760s, allowed for increased speed and economies in production. But commemorative wares did not become viable on a large scale until the development of canals, the improvement of road quality, and the introduction of railways which allowed fragile products to be transported cheaply and efficiently.
Collection
Accession Number
CIRC.803-1969

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record createdMarch 27, 2003
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