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St Martin and the Beggar: C.2203-1928

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St Martin and the Beggar


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Maiolica panel, painted in polychrome with St Martin and the Beggar.

Pale buff earthenware, tin-glazed on the front. Painted in blue, green, yellow, orange, and manganese-purple. Rectangular panel.
St Martin, wearing a helmet, knee-length tunic and cloak, and holding a spear, is mounted on a horse walking towards the left in profile. The beggar, naked except for a loin cloth, stands to the left of the horse, holding out his arms. A rectangular panel below is inscribed `.S. MARTINO/1725' in blue capitals. Round the edge are blue, yellow, orange, and green lines, within which at the top are three blue tufts.


History note: Dando Brothers, York Street, Bath, from whom purchased on 7 February 1915 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher for £3.10.0 (MS Cat. 3723).

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Depth: 1.3 cm
Height: 25.8 cm
Width: 20.2 cm

Relative size of this object

20.2 cm25.8 cm1.3 cm What does this represent?

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Place(s) associated

  • Deruta ⪼ Umbria ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th century
Production date: AD 1725

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( blue, green, yellow, orange, and manganese-purple) Front composed of tin-glaze

Materials used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: .S. MARTINO/1725
  • Location: Below rectangular panel
  • Method of creation: Inscribed in blue capitals
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2203-1928
Primary reference Number: 79082
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 11 August 2016 Last processed: Sunday 28 November 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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