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Portrait medallion depicting Thomas Bentley - 1974

Portrait medallion depicting Thomas Bentley
    Portrait medallion depicting Thomas Bentley

A white on Portland blue jasper portrait medallion depicting Thomas Bentley. This design is modelled by Joachim Smith.

A white on Portland blue jasper portrait medallion depicting Thomas Bentley. This design is modelled by Joachim Smith, about 1773 as a pair to Wedgwood.

  • Type of object: Plaques and medallions/portrait medallion
  • Mark: WEDGWOOD
    [Impressed]
    M MADE IN
    E ENGLAND 74
    [Impressed]
  • Year produced: 1974
  • Body: Jasper
  • Glaze: unglazed
  • Material: ceramic
  • Decoration: ornamented
  • Accession number: 5774
  • Dimensions: 78 mm (length), 58 mm (width), 10 mm (depth)

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  • Thomas Bentley Subject

    Thomas Bentley - Subject (1731 - 1780)

    Thomas Bentley was born in Scropton in Derbyshire, and was the son of a well-to-do country gentleman. He was educated at the Presbyterian Academy at Findern, and then indentured to a wholesale merchant in Manchester. He moved to Liverpool, and was introduced to Josiah I by Wedgwood’s surgeon, Matthew Turner. From this chance meeting grew a lifelong correspondence, friendship, and later business partnership. From August 1769 to Bentley’s death in 1780 the ornamental ware partnership with Josiah grew to huge proportions and was highly successful. After Bentley died, having lost his greatest friend and confidante, Wedgwood was inconsolable.

  • Joachim Smith Modeller

    Joachim Smith - Modeller (1757 - 1802)

    portrait modeller. In 1758 he received a Premium of ten guineas from the Society of Arts for a wax portrait. He had, apparently, devised a method of colouring wax so as to make it suitable for modelling portrait miniatures. In 1773 Wedgwood began to reproduce Smith’s portrait in his white biscuit body and later in white terracotta. To some extent the relationship between Wedgwood and Smith was unusual, since Smith was employing Wedgwood to give permanent form to the portraits of some of his sisters.

Glossary

  • Portrait Medallion

    Portrait Medallion

     

    A medallion, either circular or oval, made usually from black basalt or jasper, which features a head or head and shoulders study, rather than a relief of a classical nature.