Figure of John Wilkes

English
about 1765-1775
Made at Derby Manufactory, working about 1750-1848 (Derbyshire, England)


Object Place: Europe, England

Dimensions

31.43 cm (12 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

06.2439

Medium or Technique

Soft-paste porcelain, enamel decoration, gilding

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Porcelain

Wilkes wears a ruffled shirt, unbottoned waistcoat with gilt lapels, hems, and pocket flaps, knee breeches and shoes with gilt bows. A pink mantle draped over his left shoulder continues around his back and over his right knee. His weight is on his left leg, and he rests his left hand on his hip, right hand resting on pedestal inscribed “Ino Wilkes Esqr” on which are two scrolls, one inscribed “Rights of Man” and the other “Magna Charta.” Resting against the pedestal is a bound volume whose spine is marked “Lock on Gvt”; beside it sits a putto gazing upward while holding aloft a liberty cap on a stick. The ensemble stands on a base with rococo scrollwork with gilded highlights.

Markings

Unmarked

Credit Line

Bequest of Mrs. Martin Brimmer