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On display at V&A South Kensington
Ceramics, Room 139, The Curtain Foundation Gallery

Marquis of Granby

Figure
ca. 1760-65 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

The following information is taken from the published work of Errol Manners.

This eighteenth-century porcelain model was made at Bow in east London and depicts a famous war hero, John Manners, Marquis of Granby. He rose to fame during the Seven Years War, particularly after his decisive role in the Battle of Warburg on 1st August, 1760. He was Colonel of the Blues regiment and was immensely brave, breaking through the French lines three times, once famously losing his hat so he is nearly always shown hatless with a prominent bald head. His courage and generosity towards his men meant that he became a popular figure in England, and a good number of pubs and street names were named after him, many of which have survived to this day.

This version of the model, set on a high-scroll base, is typical of Bow figures of the early 1760s.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Soft-paste porcelain painted in enamels and slightly gilded
Brief Description
Figure, in soft-paste porcelain painted in enamels, of Colonel John Manners, Marquis of Granby, in the uniform of Colonel of the House (Blues), and he stands bare-headed beside a tree-stump, made by Bow Porcelain Factory, London, ca. 1760-65.
Physical Description
Figure, in soft-paste porcelain painted in enamels, of John Manners, Marquis of Granby, in the uniform of Colonel of the House, and he stands bare-headed beside a tree-stump on a rococo-scrolled base picked out in gold, and his left hand rests on the hilt of a sword, and at his feet are a cannon, grenades, a spontoon, a standard, sprays of laurels, and a cocked hat.
Dimensions
  • Height: 35.9cm
Marks and Inscriptions
'T' [impressed] (The mark of the 'repairer', traditionally identified as 'Tebo' but possibly John Toulouse or another)
Credit line
Given by Lady Charlotte Schreiber
Object history
Colonel John Manners, Marquis of Granby, is copied with slight modifications from an engraving by Richard Houston, published in 1760, after a painting by Sir Joshua Reynolds. The figure was formerly thought to commemorate the battle of Minden 1759 (see reference note).

Purchased by Lady Charlotte Schreiber from Mr Pritchard's sale, Bristol, for £36 10 shillings in May 1871
Subjects depicted
Summary
The following information is taken from the published work of Errol Manners.



This eighteenth-century porcelain model was made at Bow in east London and depicts a famous war hero, John Manners, Marquis of Granby. He rose to fame during the Seven Years War, particularly after his decisive role in the Battle of Warburg on 1st August, 1760. He was Colonel of the Blues regiment and was immensely brave, breaking through the French lines three times, once famously losing his hat so he is nearly always shown hatless with a prominent bald head. His courage and generosity towards his men meant that he became a popular figure in England, and a good number of pubs and street names were named after him, many of which have survived to this day.



This version of the model, set on a high-scroll base, is typical of Bow figures of the early 1760s.
Associated Object
414:5-1885 (Pair)
Bibliographic References
  • Manners, Errol. A Documentary ‘Girl-in-a-Swing’ Seal and other considerations on the porcelain of Charles Gouyn’s factory. English Ceramics Circle Transactions, Volume 18, part 3, 2004, pp 398-407. Illustrated fig. 7, p. 402. The Marquis of Granby seal illustrated fig. 10 was probably made after the Marquis's victory at the Battle of Warburg, 31st July 1760, thus extending the factory's period of production to that year or the following one.
  • Redstone, Dr. David. Finds and Excavations on The Bow Factory Site 1867-1968, Part 1. English Ceramics Circle Transactions, Volume 18, part 3, 2004, pp 381-397. A similar figure in the Museum of London is illustrated fig. 36, p. 396. fig. 35 shows the companion figure of General Wolfe, 414:5-1885.
  • Anton Gabszewicz, Made at New Canton (English Ceramic Circle, 2000), cat. 84
  • Bradshaw, Peter. Bow Porcelain Figures, circa 1748-1774. 1992, fig. 165
Other Number
Sch. I 54A - Schreiber number
Collection
Accession Number
414:6-1885

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