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Portrait Medallion of William Pitt (1759-1806): PER.C.2-1922

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Portrait Medallion of William Pitt (1759-1806)


Factory: Wedgwood
Modeler: Flaxman, John (Probable)




Black basalt. Oval with bust portrait facing front, head turned slightly to the sitter's right. Two circular holes behind the head and chest.


History note: Unknown before testator

Legal notes

S.G. Perceval Bequest, 1922

Measurements and weight

Height: 9.9 cm
Width: 7.9 cm

Relative size of this object

7.9 cm9.9 cm What does this represent?

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Place(s) associated

  • Etruria ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1922) by Perceval, Spencer George


End of 18th or early 19th century
George III
Circa 1795 - 1820


The medallion is probably from a model by John Flaxman (1755-1826) of 1787, mentioned in the Wedgwood Catalogue of 1787, but the portrait has also been attributed to Lochee and Tassie. It was also issued in blue and white jasper ware

Wedgwood & Byerley or Josiah Wedgwood II

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Materials used in production

Black basalt

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: WEDGWOOD
  • Location: On back
  • Method of creation: Impressed
  • Type: Factory mark
  • Text: E/6/-
  • Location: On back
  • Method of creation: Scratched
  • Type: Inscription

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: PER.C.2-1922
Primary reference Number: 11174
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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