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Plaque, glazed earthenware printed in purple with a horseman trampling a lady, another on the ground next to a fallen flag inscribed 'JUSTICE' above scales and a third fleeing. Above the scene is the legend 'MANCHESTER MASSACRE' and below MAY THE CAUSE OF DISTRESS BE SOO[N]/FROM THE BRITISH' (sic). The rim, which imitates a frame, is painted black.
- Production date
- 1819 (circa)
- Curator's comments
This plaque depicts one of the sabre-slashing Hussars trampling three unfortunate women, one clutches an infant, while another lies dead, beside her a banner poignantly worded ‘Justice’. The militia sought out women so as to send a powerful message that they had no voice and should not have been at the rally.
This plaque was formerly owned by Jack Gaster (1907-2007), a solicitor specialising from the 1930s in trade union and anti-Fascist issues.
Paper label on reverse printed in red D M & P MANHEIM GUARANTEED GENUINE and inscribed in blue by hand STAFFORDSHIRE PORCELAIN; paper label inscribed in blue ink PLAQUE/COMMEMORATING/THE "PETERLOO"/MASSACRE 1819
- On display (G47/dc7)
- Exhibition history
2018 12 Jan-11 Mar, BM, 90a, Pots with Attitude: British satire on ceramics
- Associated events
- Commemoration of: Peterloo Massacre 16 August 1819
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Presented by the family of Jack and Maire Gaster in their memory.
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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