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.
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?’
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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