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Portrait Medallion of Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790): MAR.C.20-1912

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Titles

Portrait Medallion of Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

Maker(s)

Wedgwood & Bentley (Factory)
Probable Hackwood, William (Modeller)

Description

Jasper, pale blue with darker blue wash on the upper surface, and white relief. Oval, with head of Benjamin Franklin in profile to left, and 'FRANKLIN' impressed below the truncation. There are two circular holes in the back.

Notes

History note: Unknown before testator

Legal notes

C.B. Marlay Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 5.4 cm
Width: 4.5 cm

Relative size of this object

4.5 cm5.4 cm What does this represent?

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Place(s) associated

  • Etruria ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1912) by Marlay, Charles Brinsley

Dating

Late 18th century
George III
Circa 1775 - 1780

Note

Probably modelled by William Hackwood, c. 1775. Made before the death of Thomas Bentley in 1780

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Relief

Materials used in production

Jasper ware

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Wedgwood/& Bentley
  • Location: On back
  • Method of creation: Impressed
  • Type: Factory mark
  • Text: FRANKLIN
  • Location: Below the truncation
  • Method of creation: Impressed
  • Type: Inscription

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: MAR.C.20-1912
Primary reference Number: 11399
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Friday 21 May 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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