Watney, B. Notes on Bow Transfer Printing. English Ceramic Circle Transactions. 1972, vol. 8, part 2.
Guy-Jones, Gordon & Sue. Bow Porcelain, On-glaze Prints and their Sources. English Ceramics Circle, 2013 See no. 45 for this print used on a mug entitled 'The Prussian Hero'. The source painting of King Frederick II of Prussia (1740-1786) by Antoine Pesne (1683-1757) is illustrated fig. 45B. The authors refute the connection to Hancock: 'Cyril Cook in his Life and Work of Robert Hancock attributed this engraving and that of the Prussian Hero No. 2 to Robert Hancock. This seems unlikely as it does not appear to be in his normal style, nor are the accompanying designs.'
Teapot and cover of porcelain, transfer-printed and painted with enamels over the glaze, made by Bow Porcelain Factory, Bow, ca. 1757-1760.
Height: 18.7 cm, Diameter: 15.2 cm
Ceramics Study Galleries, Britain & Europe, room 139
Probably made about the same time of Frederick the Great's successes in the Seven Year's War, and his convention with England in 1756 against France and her Allies.
The bust of Frederick II is copied with slight modifications from a portrait at one time in the possession of Graf von Hochberg, at Rohnstock, painted by Antoine Pesne and engraved by J.G. Wille.
Cyril Cook in his Life and Work of Robert Hancock attributed the print to Robert Hancock, the engraver who worked for the Worcester porcelain factory and until recently this attribution was generally accepted.
Teapot and cover of porcelain, transfer-printed and painted with enamels over the glaze.
[Teapot] Teapot decorated in purplish-brown with a half-length bust portrait of Prussian king Frederick the Great on one side with the words 'the PRUSSIAN HERO' on the left, and the figures of Fame with two trumpets and cupid with a wreath and a lance above, and on the other side is an equestrian figure of the king riding to the left on the battlefield, with a dead soldier on the ground before him, and on the front of the body below the ribbed spout is painted a spray of flowers, and the loop handle is in the form of a branching stem from which spring two sprays of flowers and foliage applied to the body.
[Cover] Cover with printed trophies of arms, and the handle is in the form of a small stem with flowers and foliage.