Ashtead, Surrey, England commenced 1920 – 1936
England 1895 – 1970
Rt. Hon. S. M. Bruce, Prime Minister of Australia (c.1925) Description: Moulded portrait with Bruce, as a sphinx figure
Materials & Technique: ceramics, earthenware, earthenware, slip-cast slip-cast, with cream glaze on buff body Support: earthenware
This jug is modelled to depict the Prime Minister of Australia from 1923 to 1929, Stanley Bruce, as a sphinx, complete with enigmatic gaze and paternal pipe, in the angular art deco style of the period. Bruce’s printed signature on the rim of the jug emphasises the cult of personality that began to surround politicians in Federated Australia.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra