Figure, of fishwife

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probably made in Portobello, Midlothian

Postcard of Figure, of fishwife.
© National Museums Scotland

Figure, of fishwife

This earthenware figure of a fishwife was made around the 1820s or 1830s, probably at Thomas Rathbone's Pottery at Portobello in Midlothian.

The fishwife stands behind her creel, selling fish. The green base extends upwards to provide support for the figure's legs.

Figures such as this seem to have been made at several factories, although there is no known marked example. They are traditionally said to have been modelled on actual fishwives working in ports such as Leith and Newhaven.

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Online ID: 000-100-003-257-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MEK 226
Date: Around 1820s-30s
Material: Multicoloured glazed earthenware
Dimensions: 205 mm H x 115 mm W (base)
What: Figurine, ornamental / fishwife
Subject: Post-medieval pottery and porcelain (NMAS Classification)
Who: Mrs Janet Paterson (From her collection)
Rathbone, Portobello, Edinburgh (Maker)
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Description: Multicoloured glazed moulded earthenware figure of a fishwife selling from a creel, made by Rathbone of Portobello
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