NPG D48193 in 360°
From the eighteenth to twentieth centuries, the potteries in the county of Staffordshire in northern England produced an abundance of ceramic busts and figurines for display within the home. The majority of these were representations of well-known personalities and public figures but could also depict celebrities who gained popularity through newspaper stories about their exploits. The design for this figurine were based on prints in the press and demonstrates how celebrities could be memorialised through domestic objects.
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Ellen Eliza Blight (Bright) ('Death of the Lion Queen')
by Unknown artist
glazed earthenware, circa 1850
Photographs © National Portrait Gallery, London