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John Wesley: PER.C.3-1922

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Current Location: In storage


John Wesley


Production: Unidentified Staffordshire factory (Probably)
Factory: Unidentified Yorkshire factory (Possibly)




White earthenware, moulded, lead-glazed, transfer-printed and painted in black enamel. Rectangular with a raised frame. Transfer-printed in the middle with a three-quarter face half-length portrait of John Wesley, seated in a chair behind a table on which is a Bible which he holds open with his left hand, and points to a place on the page with his right hand. Behind him there is a draped curtain with a tassel, and a bookcase. 'REVEREND JOHN WELSEY. M.A./Aged 87.' is printed below.


History note: Unknown before Spencer George Perceval (1838-1922) by whom bequeathed

Legal notes

S.G. Perceval Bequest, 1922

Measurements and weight

Height: 18.7 cm
Width: 15.6 cm

Relative size of this object

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1922-05-02) by Perceval, Spencer George


George IV
William IV
Victoria I
Circa 1820 CE - 1840 CE


The portrait was copied from an engraving by William Ridley after a miniature by R. Arnold. It may have been paired with a plaque of Adam Clarke (1762-1832), a Methodist theologian and biblical scholar, whose portrait was often paired with John Wesley's.

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel ( black)

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Inscription or legends present

  • Text: REVEREND JOHN WESLEY M.A./Aged 87.
  • Location: On front
  • Method of creation: Transfer-printed in black
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: PER.C.3-1922
Primary reference Number: 77882
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 4 March 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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