Tin-glazed and painted earthenware vessel in the form of a man smoking a pipe, initialled and dated 'M/RM/1675'
Buff earthenware, moulded, pierced, tin-glazed, and painted in blue, pale turquoise-green, yellow, and orange. Nobody stands with his feet together, his left hand resting on his hip, and his right hand outstretched and holding a pipe which he is puffing. The pipe was made separately and attached. The roughly circular mound base has a pierced border of single holes alternating with pairs of smaller holes, some of which are filled with glaze. The underside is initialled and dated 'M/RM/1675'
Cyril Andrade, London from whom purchased on 13 October 1926 for £21 by Dr Glaisher.
This figure was earlier attributed to London, probably Southwark, but Brislington Pottery has been suggested as an alternative.
Nobody is a non-existent person who is blamed for mishaps and minor misdemeanours. This figure resembles an illustration of Nobody on the title page of Nobody and Somebody, a play published in London in 1606.