The First Royal Doulton Character Jug Modelled On An Actual Person – John Peel

John Peel was the first person to be immortalised in the form of a Royal Doulton character jug.  Designed by Harry Fenton, issued in 4 sizes from 1936 to 1960.

John Peel was a famous huntsman who for 40 years hunted with a pack of hounds on the fells of Cumbria in North-East England, as the slopes were too steep for horses, the hunt was often carried out on foot.  John Peel enjoyed a drink and each kill was celebrated by the hunting party at the nearest hostelry.

John Peel 1

 There was also a song written by John Graves about the famous huntsman:

‘D’ye ken John Peel with his coat so grey?

D’ye ken John Peel at the break of day?

D’ye ken John Peel when he’s far, far away

With his hounds and his horn in the morning?’

John Peel 2

 It is also believed that this is how the Police earned the nickname ‘The Peelers’

It seems that based on the song, John Peel’s coat was grey so it’s a bit of a mystery as to why Harry Fenton chose to portray him in a red coat . . .

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2 thoughts on “The First Royal Doulton Character Jug Modelled On An Actual Person – John Peel

  1. The most common and popular version of John Graves’ song celebrates John Peel with his coat so “gay,” not “grey.” Traditional fox hunting coats are red, misleadingly called “hunting pinks.” Hence Harry Fenton’s portrayal of Peel in a red coat.

    The ditty’s chorus goes,

    “For the sound of his horn brought me from my bed,
    And the cry of the hounds which he oftime led,
    Peel’s ‘View, Halloo’ could awaken the dead,
    Or the fox from his lair in the morning.”

    I learned the song in the fourth grade in 1945, along with nostalgic favorites by Stephen Foster, none of which are
    politically correct today and are therefore unfamiliar to contemporary kids.

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