Hand-painted English -Doulton?-Nursery Rhyme Picture Tile
Entirely hand-painted overglaze picture tile from the series designed by Walter Crane, "A Baby's Opera", c. 1880-1890. Here is "There was a lady loved a swine." in bold and bright glaze colors on a Webbs Worcester Tileries blank. This is an interesting tile which I attribute to have been painted at Doulton & Co. based upon the quality and freeness of the decoration and the following statement in Austwick at p. 82: "...Doulton also had a flourishing trade in hand-painted tile panels which were used in a multitude of buildings from schools to underground railways. From about 1890 JH McLennan, John Eyre, Esther Lewis, William Rowe and Margaret Thompson designed and painted the vast majority....William Rowe and Margaret Thompson are noted for the nursery-rhyme panels which were used in children's hospital wards all over the world...all its other dust-pressed tiles can be identified as having being made by Webbs, Craven Dunnill and Mintons China Works."
The tile is in very good condition with an edge chip at left and light wear at corners and edges. Please write with any questions you may have.