- Museum number
Portrait medallion, black basalt (stoneware), oval, with applied moulded bust in relief in profile to left of Josiah Wedgwood; gilt metal frame with suspension loop in the form of a ribbon. Signed.
- Production date
- 1782 (modelled)
Length: 5 inches
- Curator's comments
This basalt version of a portrait of Josiah Wedgwood by William Hackwood bears the signature W.H on the truncation, hence there can be no doubt about its authorship. This portrait was almost certainly modelled from life and represents the potter as he must have appeared to his staff, rather than as the successful bewigged man of business depicted in an oil portrait in the Wedgwood Museum by Sir Joshua Reynolds executed in 1782, the same year as the Hackwood version.
D. Edwards, ''Black Basalt: Wedgwood and Contemporary Manufacturers,'' Suffolk: Antique Collectors' Club, 1994, p. 69, fig. 59. Cites ''Oven Book'' 13, 20 April 1782; Reilly and Savage, 1973, 333 claiming that ''Portrait medallion of Josiah Wedgwood (1730-95) in silver gilt frame moddelled by William Hackwood.''
- On display (G46/dc18)
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number