- Museum number
Figure; 'Thrower', salt-glazed stoneware, painted in blue, buff and pale green; man throwing a tall, thin vase at a potter's wheel.
- Production date
- 1885 (made)
Height: 17 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Text from J. Rudoe, 'Decorative Arts 1850-1950. A catalogue of the British Museum collection'. 2nd ed. no.166.
For a full discussion of the Martin Brothers see Decorative Arts 1850-1950', Cat no 158, 1945.0204.4.
This is always said to be a portrait of Walter Martin and is one of a series of three, the other two being 'Bench Boy' and 'Wheel Boy'. The complete series is in the Victoria and Albert Museum, the 'thrower' dated December 1879 (see also M. Haslam, 'The Martin Brothers, Potters', London 1978, 79, fig. 97). The three figures were also produced as a high-relief plaque, see Haslam, fig. 98 and the 'Magazine of Art', 1882, p.443, where Cosmo Monkhouse describes the plaque in detail: the wheel boy is turning the potter's wheel, while the bench boy is making the balls of clay ready for the thrower. In the figural version the bench boy is shown wedging the clay.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number