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DesBrisay Museum & Exhibition Centre

Bust


Accession number: M.78
Category: Art
Object type: Male
Object subtype: Premier
Date: circa 1870
Materials: CERAMIC
Measurements: 21 cm L x 13.4 cm W x 21 cm HBASE 7.4 DIA
Marks/Label: SMALL TYPED PAPER LABEL ON FRONT: "SIR JOHN MACDONALD FIRST PREMIER PRESENTED BY JAMES A. CURLL". ON REVERSE, ETCHED IN: "MACDONALD / NC / 265"
Subject: CANADA, PEOPLE, SIR JOHN A. MACDONALD, PRIME MINISTER, PEOPLE, JAMES CURLL, SPODE CO.
Narrative: Sir John Alexander Macdonald GCB KCMG PC PC QC (11 January 1815 – 6 June 1891) was the first Prime Minister of Canada (1867–1873 and 1878–1891). The dominant figure of Canadian Confederation, he had a political career which spanned almost half a century.

In 1850s, Spode Co. began investigating how they could make ceramic ware that looked like marble.  It was called Parian ware after the Greek sculptures.
Description: WHITE CERAMIC BUST RISES FROM SMALL BASE. IMAGE OF CANADIAN PRIME MINISTER SIR JOHN A. MACDONALD GAZING TO HIS RIGHT. LABEL ON FRONT READS: SIR JOHN MACDONALD FIRST PREMIER PRESENTED BY JAMES A. CURLL. IMPRESSED ON BACK: MACDONALD.
History of Use: CREATED TO HONOUR CANADIAN PRIME MINISTER SIR JOHN A. MACDONALD.