Chelsea-Derby porcelain jug commemorating the battle of the Saints, the lip modelled as the head of Admiral Sir George Brydges Rodney (1719-92), inscribed in gilt below: 'April the 12th 1782'. The jug is hand painted in natural colours, with coloured flower sprays on both sides and under the lip. It has gilt rims and blue borders at the top and bottom and a glass base.

Rodney had been appointed Commander-in-Chief in the Leeward Islands in 1761 and was victorious over the French, taking Martinique, St Lucia, Grenada and St Vincent. His continuing campaign against powerful French opposition culminated in the Battle of the Saints, when his victory destroyed French naval power in the West Indies and ensured the security of the British sugar islands.

There is a similar example in the Victoria and Albert Museum, Schreiber Collection.

Object Details

ID: AAA4361
Collection: Decorative art
Type: Jug
Display location: Display - Atlantic Gallery
Creator: Withers, Edward; Duesbury, William Duesbury, William Withers, Edward
Events: American War of Independence: Battle of the Saints, 1782
Date made: circa 1782
Exhibition: The Atlantic: Slavery, Trade, Empire; War and Conflict
People: Rodney, George Brydges; Duesbury, William
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Measurements: Overall: 185 x 155 x 115 mm

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