- Museum number
- Object: The Trusty Servant
A broadside with an emblematic portrait of a trusty servant; with an etching showing a male person with the head of a pig, the snout with a padlock, with donkey's ears, and stag's feet, holding in his left hand tools of his profession, the right hand open and raised, wearing a shield and sword, at the top left corner the arms of Winchester College; with engraved title, motto, and Latin and English verses in two columns. (Winchester, Robins & Gilmour: [ca.1840?])
- Production date
- 1840 (ca.;?)
Height: 303 millimetres
Width: 229 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- The image of the Trusty Servant is after a painting in Winchester College, which was painted in 1809 by William Cave, replacing a much older wall painting. The original by John Hoskyns with both Latin and English verse was painted in 1579. Hoskyns was not the originator of The Trusty Servant which is found expressed in various languages and has been traced back to France as far as the end of the 13th century.
The college painting has often been copied and engraved and depicted on china, wood and other materials and in tapestry and embroidery, in particular in the 19th century.
A photograph of a group of related items is illustrated in Robert Copeland, Spode & Copeland Marks and Other Relevant Intelligence p.100.
[source: http://www.spode.co.uk/history/trustyservant.htm, accessed 18.3.2008]
For another, coloured impression, see BM1846-8-17-1.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
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