Shape Type: Miscellaneous

Pattern Type: Commemorative, Heraldic and Historical Events

Date: 1803


  • Height: 16.65 in (42.30 cm)

Maker: Herculaneum

Engraver: T. Dixon

Engraver's Mark:



A large creamware jug with printed decoration made to commemorate the Jubilee of King George III in1809. Beneath the lip is a central print of the Royal Coat of Arms dating from the 1801 Act of Union.  The engraving is signed in reverse T. Dixon Scupt 1803.

One side of the jug is printed with a small oval medallion inscribed, "KING AND CONSTITUTION", and further to the right is a suite of prints celebrating the Jubilee. The topmost image is a portrait entitled "GEORGE the THIRD in the 51st Year of his Reign."  A later portrait with a similar crowned and radiant portrait is known “Engraved by S. Freeman from Mr. Chalon’s miniature”.  It seems likely that this image also derived from the Chalon portrait. Below the portrait Faith and Britannia ride on a cloud holding a scroll inscribed "Happy would England be, Could George but live to see, Another JUBILEE" together with George III’s cypher and the number 50. A scene below is inscribed, "Let the Prisoners go Free Give God Praise Jubilee 25 Octr. 1809", and shows a large group of prisoners being freed from the old Tower of Liverpool and in the background is an equestrian figure of George III erected to celebrate this occasion. Royal Jubilees were traditionally times when certain prisoners, especially debtors, were freed and this was widely observed in 1809.

On the reverse of the jug is an oval portrait of inscribed "The RT. HBLE. LORD VISCT. WELLINGTON. K.B. &c. &c." supported by naval trophies. Below the portrait is a scene of two fighting ships.  

Other printed images on this piece include a traditional swagged floral border, vignettes of faith hope and charity, sailing ships and various generic prints that would appeal to the English patriotic market.