Museum of Royal Worcester

Porcelain mug celebrating the election of Robert Tracy as an MP for Worcester. In the 1747 election, Tracy came last in the poll but was returned, on petition, in February 1748. The mug features a triumphal arch constructed to commemorate Tracy's return, bearing the Tracy coat of arms, and inscribed 'ERECTED To Commemorate ye Gratitude / Freemen of WORCESTER owe / ROBERT TRACY Esqr. / WHO / Restored their LIBERTY / By Defeating / An ARBITRARY POWER / in the Year 1747'. One side of the mug bears the inscription 'CONQUEST' with allegorical figures of Hercules fighting Antaeus; the other side has the inscription 'GRATITUDE' with allegorical figures of Androcles and the lion.

Museum of Royal Worcester; A10

Reproduced by kind permission of the Museum of Royal Worcester ©Dyson Perrins Museum Trust

Candidate: Robert Tracy
Constituency: Worcester
date: 1747
date: 1748
date: c1751
Election: July-1747
keyword: Ceramics
keyword: Mug
maker: Made by Worcester Porcelain Factory
materials: Porcelain
place: Worcester