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Dish: The Capture of Chagre: C.1568-1928

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Titles

Dish: The Capture of Chagre

Maker(s)

Unidentified Bristol pottery (Production)
Flower, Joseph (Painter)

Description

Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue

Buff earthenware, tin-glazed white and painted in blue. Circular with a narrow rim, and shallow well. The front is decorated overall with a highly detailed depiction the Capture of Chagres, over which is a scroll inscribed 'The taking of CHAGRE in/the West Indies by Adm' vernon/A. The Town./ B. The Castle./ C.C. the Custom-house on fire.D.D./ 2 Spanish guarda costa sloops./E.E.E. Goods from ye Custom-house./F.F. Bomb. Ketches./G. Flag of truce hung out by ye Span.' On the back there are four Chinese-inspired floral sprays. In the background there are wooded hills inscribed with 'The Road from Portobello', and 'The Road to Panama', The river is inscribed 'River Chagre' in three places, and there are several letters attached to other features.

Notes

History note: Joseph Flower, Bristol; by descent to James Flower Fussell, Abbots Leigh, Bristol, 1873; Mrs E.J. Swann, Leigh Woods, Bristol; bought from Mrs Swann in 1915 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 45 cm
Height: 6.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Bristol ⪼ Somerset ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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

Note

The painter, Joseph Flower, was apprenticed in 1736 to Richard Frank proprietor of the Redcliff Back pottery in Bristol, but this dish was not necessarily made in that pottery.

The scene on the dish was copied from a print entitled 'An exact Account of Vice Admiral Vernon's taking the Castle & Town of Chagre in ye West Indies' published in August 1749 and sold by H. Overton at the White Horse without Newgate.

Components of the work

Decoration: composed of high-temperature colour ( blue from cobalt) Decoraton:

Materials used in production

bluish-white Tin-glazing buff Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Tin-glazing : Buff earthenware, tin-glazed bluish-white and painted in blue

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: The taking of CHAGRE in/the West Indies by Adml vernon/A. The Town./ B. The Castle./ C.C. the Custom-house on fire.D.D./ 2 Spanish guarda costa sloops./E.E.E. Goods from ye Custom-house./F.F. Bomb. Ketches./G. Flag of truce hung out by ye Span.
  • Location: On scroll above scene
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Inscription
  • Text: The Road from Portobello
  • Location: On front
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Inscription
  • Text: The Road to Panama
  • Location: On front
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Inscription
  • Text: River Chagre
  • Location: On front
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Inscription

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1568-1928
Primary reference Number: 72235
Old object number: R 1011
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 25 November 2021 Last processed: Sunday 28 November 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

Citation for print

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The Fitzwilliam Museum (2020) "Dish" Web page available at: https://collection.beta.fitz.ms/id/object/72235 Accessed: 2021-12-03 18:31:53

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