George Tinworth for Doulton Lambeth An Important Figural Salt-Glazed Stoneware Fountain for the 1878 Paris Universal Exhibition
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George Tinworth for Doulton Lambeth An Important Figural Salt-Glazed Stoneware Fountain for the 1878 Paris Universal Exhibition
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George Tinworth for Doulton Lambeth
An Important Figural Salt-Glazed Stoneware Fountain for the 1878 Paris Universal Exhibition
modelled in relief around a pyramidal column with scenes relating to water from the Old and New Testaments, the base of the column bears a small scene connected with Tinworth's father's wheelwright business, with which the artist was involved in his early life, each scene is separated by groups of figures modelled in the likeness of animals, birds and reptiles, from the base the sequence is as follows:
1. The Prophet Jonah escaping from the fish's belly (Jonah ii:10)
2. Samson drinking water from the jaw-bone, after his victory (The dead bodies of the enemy lie around) (Judges xv:19)
3. The discovery of the infant Moses at the River Nile (Exodus ii:17)
4. Moses at the well, protecting the daughters of the Priest of Midian (Exodus ii:17)
5. Gideon selecting the soldiers at the waterside (Judges vii:4)
6. The Apostle Paul after shipwreck, attacked by a viper (Acts xxviii:3)
7. The water changed into wine at Cana (The large panel represents the filling of the water pots, and the smaller one the conference as to the quality of the wine) (John ii:7-10)
8. The pool of Bethesda; the impotent man addressed by our Saviour (John v:6)
9. The Prophet Elijah preparing to offer sacrifice on Mount Carmel (1 Kings xviii:16)
10. The baptism of our Saviour in the River Jordan (Matthew iii:16)
11. David and his three mighty men (The King represented in the act of pouring out water which had been procured from the well at Bethlehem) (2 Samuel xxiii:13-17)
12. The triumph of the Miriam, Moses and Aaron at the Red Sea (Exodus xv:20)
13. Naaman washing the River Jordan by command of the Prophet (2 Kings v:14)
14. Rebekah at the Well (Genesis xxiv:18)
15. The woman of Samaria at the well (John iv:27)
16. The cleansing of the Leper under Mosaic law (Lev. xiv:4-6)
17. Abraham dismissing Hagar and Ishmael (Genesis xxi:14)
18. Elijah and the Widow of Sarepta (1 Kings xvii:6)
19. Elijah fed by ravens (in a side panel a raven is represented obtaining the food from Ahab's table ) (1 Kings xvii:6)
20. Moses in the attitude of repentance after striking the rock contrary to the Divine command (Numbers xx:12)
21. The apex of the column represents the Deluge. The inhabitants of the Old World are shown endeavouring to escape from the flood, while eagles are hovering above (Genesis vii:1)
2m high, 2m 45cm diam


  • George Tinworth was the son of a Wheelwright, his only education was from his mother who was deeply religious and instructed George on the Scriptures and his knowledge of them was later to provide him with the inspiration for his terracotta and statuary work. From records kept by Doulton, Tinworth (described as the 'Rembrandt of Clay') would work from sunrise to sunset. During his working life he produced over five hundred large religious panels and countless smaller ones. He also worked on a large number of portrait memorials, terracotta medallions, figurines and thousands of 'Doulton Ware' vases, of which he could apparantly decorate up to seventy a day! At the time of his death in 1913, he was working on two panels for a church in New York.

    The Paris Universal Exhibition of 1878
    The Worcestershire Fine Arts Exhibition, 1882
    The V&A Doulton Exhibition, 1979
    Exhibition of Royal Doulton Sydney, Australia, 1979

    illustrated pg.81 of Desmond Eyles 'The Doulton Lambeth Wares publ. by Richard Dennis, 2002
    illustrated fig 11 pg. 32 of Peter Rose's 'George Tinworth, Chronology of Principal Works' publ. by C.D.N. Corporation, Los Angeles, USA, 1982
    pg's 45, 48 The Wheelwright’s Shop, Doulton Lambeth Wares , Richard Dennis Publications, 2002
    Margaret Betteridge's catalogue for the 1979 Exhibition Royal Doulton at Centrepoint, Sydney, Australia, 1979

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