Stock No: 001742
Height: 8 Inches / 21 cm
Reference: Audrey Dudson & Alison Morgan, Dudson Staffordshire Figures c1815-c1865, Page 44, Fig 60
A superb example of an original Dudson early Victorian Staffordshire figure at its best, Sam Weller being played by William J Hammond (1797-1848) an actor, Manager who performed the part in an 1837 production of The Pickwickians. Standing on a well coloured green and gilt scrolled square base, with both hands raised on his right thigh polishing a pair of putties, a pair of boots below, wearing a hat, waistcoat, and trousers. Published in twenty monthly parts from 1837-1838, ‘The Pickwick Papers‘ became one of Charles Dickens most popular works and inspired the Staffordshire potters to create many of Dickens’s character’s in clay. This example which shows the source print used by the modellers for inspiration can be accurately dated to c1838, the figure is in original condition with a manufacturers firing fault at to the body.
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