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Fair Hebe Jug: C.747-1928

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Fair Hebe Jug


Factory: Richard Meir Astbury's Factory
Proprietor: Astbury, Richard Meir
Modeller: Voyez, John




Cream earthenware, slip-cast and decorated with slightly blue-tinted clear, and blue, green, yellow, grey and black lead glazes


History note: John Bowden, Wardour Street, London, from whom purchased for £6 on 3 March 1899 by Dr J.W.L. Glaishe, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 24.1 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Fenton ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century, Late
George III
Circa 1788 CE - 1790 CE


Fair Hebe jugs were made in moulds taken from a model by John Voyez (1735-1800). Hebe was the subject of a song adapted from Part I of A Pastoral Ballad in Four Parts (1743), by William Shenstone (1714-1763). This origin is supported by a teapot modelled by Voyez, decorated with a portrait medallion of Shenstone on one side, and Fair Hebe and her lover on the other. This jug bears the impressed initials RMA for the potter, Richard Meir Astbury of Fenton Others are known with the initials RG for Robert Garner, for example C.748-1928. An unusual, and probably unique caneware jug, with the impressed mark 'Sir/W.W.W./Bart' on its base was made at a short-lived pottery at Wynnstay, on Sir Williams Watkins Wynne's estate, which was set up with the aid of Voyez shortly before Wynne died in 1789. There are also much smaller examples, painted in enamels, such as C. 769-1928.

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work


Materials used in production

cream Earthenware
slightly blue-tinted clear, and blue, green, yellow, grey and black Lead-glaze

Techniques used in production

Slip-casting : Cream earthenware, slip-cast and decorated with slightly blue-tinted clear, and blue, green, yellow, grey and black glazes

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: FAIR HEBE
  • Location: On outside on a paper on the oak tree
  • Method of creation: Integrally moulded
  • Type: Inscription
  • Location: On outside on label flanking the young man's head
  • Method of creation: Integrally moulded
  • Type: Inscription

Inscription present: impressed twice separately

  • Text: ASTBURY
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Impressed
  • Type: Factory mark

Inscription present: very faintly

  • Text: RMA
  • Location: On outside of jug
  • Method of creation: Moulded integrally with the jug
  • Type: Initials

Inscription present: very faintly and not clear if I or J as first initial

  • Text: J VOYEZ/1788
  • Location: On outside of jug on log beside Hebe
  • Method of creation: Moulded integrally with the jug
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.747-1928
Primary reference Number: 75966
Old object number: 960
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Sunday 25 June 2023 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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