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Collection Ceramics, Decorative art
ExhibitionsThe Atlantic: Slavery, Trade, Empire, War and Conflict
Gallery locationAtlantic Gallery (Floor plans)
PeopleHistorical Association: The Marine Society & Sea Cadets
Depiction: King George II

Object details:

Object ID AAA4483
Description Bowl, transfer-printed in black with a portrait of George II after Worlidge inside. One side of the exterior shows a sea battle; a group with Britannia in the centre is depicted on the other side. She is seated amid naval trophies pointing to ragged boys, ushered towards her by a female figure with a speech bubble inscribed: 'For the Service of our Country'. Behind her three boys change into new seaman's clothes, one with a speech bubble: 'Marine Society'. The engraving appears in Jonas Hanway's 'Three letters on the subject of a Marine Society'. The Marine Society was founded in 1756 by the philanthropist Jonas Hanway and others. It provided funds to kit out poor boy volunteers for sea, thereby both recruiting them for the Navy and removing them from the streets.
Date made 1756-1760

Artist/Maker Hancock, Robert
Hancock, Robert
Place made Worcester
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Materials porcelain
Measurements overall: 69 x 162 mm
  • Bowl (AAA4483)
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