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Mug: C.107-1950

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


Factory: Worcester Porcelain Factory
Engraver: Faber, John II (After)
Painter: Ramsay, Allan I (After)




Soft-paste porcelain mug, transfer-printed onglaze in black with a portrait of Admiral Boscawen, the arms of Boscawen impaling Glanville, and two men-o'-war.

Soft-paste porcelain mug, transfer-printed onglaze in black. The mug is of cylindrical shape, slightly flared at foot and rim, with a ribbed strap handle, and standing on a flattened footring. It is transfer-printed on one side with a three-quarter length portrait of Admiral Boscawen and the arms of Boscawen impaling Glanville, the reverse side with two men-o'-war.


History note: Unknown before donor, Mrs W.D. (Frances Louisa) Dickson, Bournemouth

Legal notes

Given by Mrs W.D. Dickson

Measurements and weight

Height: 8.7 cm
Width: 10.3 cm

Relative size of this object

10.3 cm8.7 cm What does this represent?

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Place(s) associated

  • Worcester ⪼ Worcestershire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1950) by Dickson, W. D. (Frances Louisa), Mrs


Mid-18th Century
George II
George III
Circa 1759 CE - 1761 CE


Admiral Edward Boscawen commanded the fleet which facilitated the capture of Louisburg from the French in July 1758. The French fort defended the approaches to Quebec, up the St Lawrence River. The portrait of Admiral Boscawen (1711-1761) is taken from an engraving by John Faber the Younger (1684-1756), published in 1747, after a painting by Allan Ramsay. The portrait has been modified by the addition of the names 'Louisbourg' and 'Labrado' to the scroll map of Nova Scotia which Boscawen holds. The arms are those of Boscawen and his wife, Frances Glanville.

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of black ( enamel)

Materials used in production

presumed lead Lead-glaze
steatitic Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Glazing (coating) : Soft-paste porcelain, transfer-printed onglaze in black

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.107-1950
Primary reference Number: 35918
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 15 August 2017 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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