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The Vale of Etruria - 1790

View of Etruria showing Etruria Hall & Bank House, © Wedgwood Museum
    View of Etruria showing Etruria Hall & Bank House
    © Wedgwood Museum

This watercolour on paper by an anonymous artist depicts Etruria Vale in the late 18th or early 19th century. It shows Josiah's home at Etruria Hall, the Etruria factory and Bank House, the home that was built for Thomas Bentley.

This watercolour on paper by an anonymous artist depicts Etruria Vale in the late 18th or early 19th century. It shows Josiah's home at Etruria Hall, the Etruria factory and Bank House, the home that was built for Thomas Bentley.

  • Type of object: Wedgwood family items/paintings and portraits
  • Mark: Unsigned
  • Year produced: 1790
  • Material: paper
  • Accession number: 11111
  • Dimensions: 600 mm (width), 425 mm (height)

Glossary

  • Etruria

    Etruria

    The Etruscans were a highly civilised people who inhabited an area in central Italy. Many of the Greek and Roman red-figure style vases that were being excavated in the eighteenth century were incorrectly referred to as ‘Etruscan’. Josiah Wedgwood I was a great admirer of such ‘Etruscan’ art forms, and named his new factory ‘Etruria’ in honour of these ancient highly skilled people.