Fountain Against a Roman Cityscape (right hand of 2)

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Fountain Against a Roman Cityscape (right hand of 2)

Object name: Decorative Tile Panel

William De Morgan (1839 - 1917)

Date: 1888-1897
715 x 820 mm
Medium: Hand painted earthenware tiles
Object number: CE005
DescriptionPolychrome tile panel in two sections, depicting an elaborate fountain set against an imagined Roman, Italianate cityscape. Consisting of sixty hand-painted earthenware tiles, this panel is a duplicate of a series of twelve decorative panels which formed part of a larger commission by the Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company (P&O), completed by De Morgan between 1882 and 1900. Unfortunately, the original commissioned tiles are now destroyed or lost but a small number of duplicates exist in both public and private collections.

This design is typical of William De Morgan and of the Aesthetic movement during the final decades of the nineteenth-century. De Morgan drew inspiration from the applied art and imagery of the Far East, the Middle East, Italy, and from scenes in the natural world.

This work was gifted to the South London Gallery in 1922 by Harold Charles Massop (1874-1941), a well known collector of De Morgan.

Benjamin Angwin - September 2014