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similar to pottery made at Prestonpans, East Lothian

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This earthenware figure of a town crier is similar in painting style to the fishwife figures made in the first half of the 19th century at the Prestonpan potteries in East Lothian.

The satirical scroll in the town crier's left hand reads 'LOST/On the first day/of last term/"Lawyers conscience"/whoever finds the/same and brings it to/the Crier, will/receive the handsome/reward of six shil-/lings and eight pence.'

The pottery industry was concentrated in areas where raw materials occurred naturally or could easily be shipped in, like Glasgow, Fife and the Firth of Forth. Like glass, pottery was popular in grand and humble homes alike, providing a splash of colour on dressers and mantelpieces.

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Online ID: 000-100-104-456-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.1993.12
Date: Early 19th century
Material: Earthenware, overglaze in blue, green, yellow and black
Dimensions: 176 mm H x 110 mm W x 62 mm D
Description: Earthenware figurine of a town crier with satirical scroll, overglazed in blue, green, yellow and black, similar in painting style to Prestonpans Fishwife figures, early 19th century
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