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Jug

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made at Portobello, Midlothian

Postcard of Jug.
000-180-000-369-C
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Jug

This earthenware jug was made by Thomas Rathbone's Pottery at Portobello in Midlothian. It dates from around 1820.

The body is transfer-printed with a blue 'Chinese' printed pattern, similar to the willow pattern. Just below the neck it is inscribed 'James Young Wright / West Anstruther'.

As the 19th century progressed, Portobello became established as a major pottery centre. One of the town's most sophisticated factories was Rathbone's where fine earthenware was made by Thomas Rathbone, his wife Grace and their sons Samuel Robert and James up until 1850.


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Online ID: 000-180-000-369-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.1991.59
Date: Around 1820
c. 1820
Material: Inscription: James Wright Young / West Anstruther
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Who: James Young Wright
Rathbone's Pottery, Portobello (Maker)
Where: Scotland, Fife, West Anstruther
Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh, Portobello
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Description: Large earthenware jug, transfer-printed with a willow pattern and inscribed `James Young Wright / West Anstruther', made by Rathbone's Pottery, Portobello, Edinburgh, c. 1820
References:
  • George Dalgleish (ed), Pots at the 'Pans: The Potteries of Prestonpans, Musselburgh and Portobello. Scottish Mining Museum, 1990 
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