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    Tile; tin-glazed earthenware; square; transfer-printed in black; girl dancing to fiddle (Miss Nancy Dawson dancing the Hornpipe); rococo scroll "88" border. Derived from a print entitled 'Miss Nancy Dawson dancing the Hornpipe' reproduced in Plate 32 of 'The Ladies Amusement' published by Robert Sayer.


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    • 1760-1770 (circa)
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  • Dimensions

    • Width: 5 inches
  • Bibliography

    • Hobson 1903 E198 bibliographic details
    • Ray 1994 p.24, fig.B4-3 & Fig.3 on p.8 bibliographic details
  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    22 November 2010

    Reason for treatment


    Treatment proposal

    Wet clean


    Ceramic fragments with accumulated surface dirt. The dirt is oily and black in colour and normally only affects the side of the object uppermost in the drawer.

    Treatment details

    The ceramic sherds were wiped with acetone on cotton swabs. This process was repeated until no further dirt was removed.

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    • Associated Title: Miss Nancy Dawson dancing the Hornpipe
    • Associated Title: The Ladies' Amusement (Plate 32)
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    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

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