A Documentary English Porcelain Plaque Painted by William Dixon at Herculaneum
William Dixon worked as an independent decorator at 9 Northumberland Street, Liverpool but later joined the staff at the Hurculaneum factory. It is interesting to compare this painting of his own children with that of a gentleman and child found on the important bough pot and cover, the property of the National Museums and Galleries on Merseyside, and illustrated in Made in Liverpool, Catalogue of the Seventh Exhibition of the Northern Ceramics Society, item 262, p. 152. The bough pot is inscribed 'painted by W. Dixon 1811, Liverpool. W. Smith and Child'. William Smith was the manager of the factory between 1810 and 1820. The painting of Smith's daughter is remarkably similar to that of Dixon's own daughter, Eliza, found on this plaque. The two girls wear the same dress and orange coral necklace and the two groupings are similarly set within a contemporary interior. Together, these two pieces form an important and touching record of Dixon's work.