Articles & Guides

The Meaning of Authentic

The issue of authentication has become ever more pressing in an era when the value of art, the world’s premier luxury commodity, is predicated on the aura of authen­ticity.
A drawing assumed to be a skilful 19th-century pastiche of Leonardo da Vinci until a recent (largely rejected) attribution to Read more

The Roaring Twenties 1920–1929

Postwar U.S. economy prospers, thanks to pro-business administrations and boom in automobile industry
Intolerance thrives in both society and big business as African Americans and immigrants are pushed to margins of society
Harding, Coolidge lead United States toward isolationism in reaction to World War I
Freewheeling culture of Jazz Age conflicts with Read more

Gray’s Pottery Verses

Pictured: Pottery Gazette and Glass Trade Review 1948-1949
The following list represents the most common verses used by Gray’s Pottery on a wide range of products from the mid-1940s through into the 1950s. Many of the designs were destined for the North American market and examples regularly appear on auction sites Read more

Prints and Verses Gray’s Pottery

In the early part of the twentieth century, the prints, or lithographs, were of relatively poor quality: for example, a close examination of the printed colour areas on early designs such as Sèvres Marbling will reveal the individual ink dots which comprise the image. Similarly, close examination will usually Read more

The Staffordshire Potteries’ Directory for 1868

comparing prices from then  to today (2010) …..

total exports for the first six months of:
1865 – £680,112
worth in 2010 – £64,000,000
1866 – £805,954
worth in 2010 – £76,000,000
1867 – £827,834
worth in 2010 – £78,000,000
1867 half year (Jan to June) export markets

Hanse Towns – £25,371
worth in 2010 – £2,400,000
France – £24,480
worth Read more

Henry Alcock

Henry Alcock & Co c.1861-1910 (Elder Pottery – Cobridge)
Henry Alcock Pottery c. 1910-1925 (Clarence Works – Stoke)
‘England’ added from 1891
‘Ltd’ added from 1900
Location and period of operation:

Henry Alcock & Co (Ltd)

Manufacturer of earthenwares at Cobridge, Stoke-on-Trent.
Formerly John Alcock (1853-61) at Cobridge, subsequently (1910-35) The Henry Alcock Pottery based at Read more

John Cabot (c.1450 – 1498)

Cabot was an Italian-born explorer who, in attempting to find a direct route to Asia, became the first early modern European to discover North America.
While he was a young man he longed to sail and explore new land. He moved to Venice where he dreamed of finding a new Read more

William Blake Glossary of Terms, Names, & Concepts

The following is a revised and expanded version of “A Glossary of Terms, Names, and Concepts in Blake” in The Cambridge Companion to William Blake, ed. Morris Eaves (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003), pages 272-87. This resource is best used when Blake is making you dizzy, but as soon Read more

John Adams (1735-1826)

Adams was a leading figure in the American fight for independence and second president of the United States. During his presidency, Washington became the American capital.
John Adams was born on 19 October 1735 in Braintree (now Quincy), Massachusetts, the son of a farmer. Adams graduated from Harvard College in Read more

Anglo-Saxon Background to the Conquest

The history behind the battle of Hastings and the Norman Conquest began 50 years before William’s army set foot on English soil at Pevensey. It is a story of intrigue, deception and treachery.
Cnut’s takeover
When William, Duke of Normandy defeated Harold Godwinson on the field of Hastings, he was conquering Read more