Period Piece Gwen Raverat
Wedgwood Creamware teapot, c. 1780
© Fitzwilliam Museum
Gwen Raverat is known for her engravings - as a child she wanted to be 'Mrs. Bewick' - and trained at the Slade with Stanley Spencer. She grew up with an extended family of aunts, uncles and cousins in Cambridge, and holidayed in the countryside at Down House. Tea parties and grazing sheep would have been very familiar to her.
This teapot was part of the major collection of ceramics given to the Fitzwilliam Museum by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, who, like Gwen Raverat's father George Darwin, was a don at Trinity College, Cambridge and a President of the Royal Astronomical Society.