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Martinware stoneware figure

Accession Number NWHCM : 1937.169


Martinware stoneware figure; figure of Will Childerhouse, Town Crier of Norwich in 1891; mottled brown and yellow glaze all over, apart from blue and brown trousers, black hat and boots; supported by a square wooden stand; made 1891

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The Martin brothers, Robert, Walter, Charles and Edwin, ran a pottery workshop in Southall, Middlesex, from the 1870s - 1914. Their work was highly original, and they are considered today to pre-figure modern studio potters. They specialised in hand-made 'one-off' pieces. They produced vessels, tiles and figures, although are best known for their unusual jars in the form of birds.

They visited Norwich in 1891, for an Industrial Exhibition held at St Andrews Hall. This resulted in a series of works related to Norwich. Ernest Marsh, the collector who donated this figure to Norwich Castle, recorded that the well-known Gurney and Fry families admired the Martins' work, and it was they who invited the brothers to take part in the exhibition.

One of the works the Martins produced was this lively portrait of Will Childerhouse, then the Norwich Town Crier. It was modelled from life, and later finished in their studio.

Creation Date 1891
Material stoneware
Measurements 137 mm
Department Art-Decorative Art
Inscription Martin Bros. London

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