Shape Type: Miscellaneous

Pattern Type: Miscellaneous

Date: 1880

Dimensions:

  • Height: 5.98 in (15.20 cm)
  • Width: 5.98 in (15.20 cm)

Maker: Josiah Wedgwood & Sons

Description:

Tile of earthenware transfer-printed, probably designed by Thomas Allan. A four-square design printed in green-blue and  dark blue. In the top half is a scroll-work pattern and a man raising his glass in a tavern  to "YE ARMY". In the lower half is a dozing monk at a table and inscribed "YE CHURCH".  Scroll pattern in the other lower part.

Makers mark on reverse 'JOSIAH / WEDGWOOD / & SONS / ETRURIA'

Thomas Allen (1831-1915) was a prolific ceramic painter and designer. Allen studied at Stoke-on-Trent School of Design before working  at Minton. During his time with Minton Allen won a scholarship to study at the School of Design, Marlborough House, London, between 1852-1854. Allen worked for Wedgwood from late 1875/ early 1876, becoming Art  Director in 1880. Under his influence the output and range of Wedgwood wares grew dramatically.

Inv.C.190-1976 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

http://printedpottery.m4interactive.com/what-did-they-make/pottery-item/tile-19