Stoneware owl by Robert Wallace Martin in Fitzwilliam museum
Stoneware owl by Robert Wallace Martin in Fitzwilliam museum

This is a photograph of a stone owl in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington Street, Cambridge in September 2005. The owl is about four feet tall. At its base, the museum's information reads:

Owl with removable head

Modelled by Robert Wallace Martin (1843 - 1923) Martin Brothers, Southall Middlesex, September, 1903

Stoneware decorated with coloured slips, and salt-glazed

Incised inscriptions: round the neck: 'R.W. Martin & Brothers. London & Southall, England', and 'R.W.M.Sc; on the base: '9 1903/R.W. Martin & Bros/ London & Southall

This owl probably resembled 'a monster owl' said to have been made by Wallace Martin as a punchbowl for the Bohemian Club of San Francisco in 1893 but destroyed in the earthquake of 1906. Made in 1903, it remained in Wallace Martin's studio until his death in 1923.

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest C.41-1928

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