References - Whiteley, J. "Was William Wise a Plagiarist", in Glazed Expressions, summer 1981, p. 1.; Lockett, T. Collecting Victorian Tiles, 1979, pp. 106-7.

" /> Printed British Pottery & Porcelain | Tile
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Inv. C.14-1986

Additional Image:

Another design by William Wise showing sheep in a mountainous landscape, probably from the series Animals of the Farm © Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Inv. C.13-1986


Shape Type: Miscellaneous

Pattern Type: Animals

Series Type: Animals of the Farm

Date: c. 1879-1890


  • Length: 2.05 in (5.20 cm)
  • Width: 2.05 in (5.20 cm)

Maker: Mintons China Works


A dust-pressed earthenware tile, transfer-printed underglaze in black with a design of highland cattle in mountainous country.  The design is from one of two series of tiles: Animals of the Farm or Cattle Subjects. William Wise took the designs from Robert Hills' Etchings of Animals Drawn from Nature (1798-1815). Wise was one of a number of designers and illustrators who turned their hand to the design of...