Description John Wesley (1762-1791) was the Anglican minister who, with his brother Charles, was instrumental in establishing the Methodist faith in Great Britain. The medallion is unusually large for Wedgwood and is executed in blue-and-white jasperware. The artist, Josia Wedgwood (1730-1795), and Wesley shared an abhorrence of slavery, which the latter had encountered during a visit to Georgia in 1836. The cleric and the potter met as early as 1761, when Wedgwood presented a teapot decorated with religious verses copied from his wife's calico apron to Wesley, giving rise to the "Wesley Wedgwood" line of china. Wedgwood also produced black basalt busts of the cleric.
Provenance Dorothy McIlvain Scott, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 2012, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Stamp] On back: WEDGWOOD; [Inscription] On back: Wesley
Credit Bequest of Miss Dorothy McIlvain Scott, 2012
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