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Hunting Mug: C.1199-1928

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Hunting Mug


Pottery: Norfolk House (Possibly)




Salt-glazed stoneware with brown dip, and applied sprigs of a cottage, trees, a punch party derived from Hogarth’s ‘Midnight Modern Conversation’, and below, a fox hunt. Inscribed with the owner’s name, ‘James Osburn/1733’. Metal mount

Grey-buff stoneware, thrown, with applied moulded sprigs (reliefs), mottled brown dip on the upper part, incised inscription, and metal mount round the rim. Cylindrical with turned bands above the base, applied strap handle with longitudinal depressin and slight kick at the base. Decorated on the front with a relief of a punch party derived from Hogarth's 'Midnight Modern Conversation' with on each side, a tree, a building and a tree, and below an anti-clockwise fox hunt, beginning with a mounted huntsman to right of the handle, following six hounds and a fox. Inscribed with the owner’s name, ‘James Osburn/1733’.


History note: Mr Acton, Brighton, from whom purchased for £7 on 14 November, 1890 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, Trinity College, Cambridge.

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 23 cm

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1928-12-07) by Glaisher, J. W. L., Dr


18th Century, second quarter#
George II
Production date: dated AD 1733


Hogarth's 'Midnight Modern Conversation' was issued in 1733.

School or Style

London (Type B)

Components of the work

Upper Part composed of slip ( brown dip)
Surface composed of salt-glaze

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: James Osburn 1733
  • Location: Name to left of punch drinking scene and date below
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1199-1928
Primary reference Number: 71537
Old object number: 2167
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 2020 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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