Creamware mug decorated with a poem entitled 'The Triple Plea', England, 1760-1770

1760-1766 in Etruria
John Sadler
Josiah Wedgwood and Sons Limited

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Creamware mug, with strap handle, decorated with black transfer print entitled "The Triple Plea" probably Wedgwood, c.1763

A lawyer, a doctor and a churchman, each holding the tools of his trade, illustrate the ‘The Triple Plea’. It is a satirical piece on these three professions, all of which demand significant payment for their services. The message is that the doctor will only provide advice if he is paid, otherwise he stays silent, or ‘mum’ (“Without a Fee the Doctor’s – Mum”) and swears that “Life and Health are in his Pill”. The choice to pay is ours, which is why the poem ends with:

“Then be advis'd: In none confide,

But take sound Reason as your Guide.”


Medical Ceramic-ware
Object Number:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • container - receptacle
  • drinking vessel
  • cup

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