A large porcelain jug painted below the lip with an oval portrait of Admiral Edward Boscawen (1711-61), half length, wearing a magenta coat with gold lace inscribed 'Success to, Adml. Boscawen'. The portrait is possibly based on an image of Frederick the Great. On his left, a ship's stern wearing a red ensign and other English vessels, with troops being landed under fire from fortifications on a hilly coast.

The coat of arms of the Society of Bucks is printed on the other side. The charge is a standing stag, below 'FREEDOM WITH INNOCENCE', the supporters, two foresters, the crest a plough with the motto 'INDUSTRY PRODUCETH WEALTH'. Two resting stags inscribed 'WE OBEY' and figures inscribed 'UNANIMITY IS THE STRENGTH OF SOCIETY' are shown in a roundel below.

This jug was produced to mark Admiral Edward Boscawen’s victory at Louisbourg, Nova Scotia. Louisbourg was an important French fortress and settlement, close to the Newfoundland fishing grounds and the entrance to the Gulf of St Lawrence. Without taking Louisbourg, the British would be unable to attack French forces in Quebec. This commemorative jug was commissioned by the Noble Order of Bucks, a patriotic convivial society who met at the Turk’s Head tavern in Soho.

Object Details

ID: AAA4386
Collection: Decorative art
Type: Jug
Display location: Display - Atlantic Gallery
Creator: Unknown
Date made: circa 1760
Exhibition: The Atlantic: Slavery, Trade, Empire; War and Conflict
People: Boscawen, Edward; Society of Bucks
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Lionel Preston Collection
Measurements: Overall: 100 x 185 x 140 mm

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