Shape Type: Miscellaneous

Pattern Type: Literature, Classical, Mythology, and the Arts

Date: 1773-1777


  • Height: 5.00 in (12.70 cm)
  • Length: 5.00 in (12.70 cm)
  • Width: 0.28 in (0.70 cm)

Maker: Unknown

Printer: Richard Abbey

Printer's Mark:


Tin-glazed earthenware (so-called delftware) tile printed in black in Liverpool by Richard Abbey. Abbey, an apprentice of Sadler and Green, set up his own independent business as a ceramic printer at the ripe old age of 19 in 1773. The print is "Mr Foote in the Character of the Doctor in The Devil upon Two Sticks", a play written by Foote himself. This is one of a group of six theatrical subjects with matching borders, all presumably printed by Abbey, their designs taken from Robert Sayer's Dramatic Characters (1769-72). It is possible that Abbey's theatrical tiles predate, and were the inspiration for, those of Guy Green (see This design is no. F2-3 in Anthony Ray's Liverpool Printed Tiles (1994).