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Catalog Number 2008.9.317
Object Name Cup, Coffee
Description This cup was probably made for Mr. Samuel Whitbread a prominent brewer and member of Parliament.

One of Mr. Whitehead's most prominent breweries, located on Chriswell Street in London, was named Hind's Head after the Whitbread family coat of arms. By 1795 he had accumulated multiple other properties and amassed an astronomical fortune of £400,000.

Samuel was apprenticed to John Wightman at the age of sixteen. He married for the first time in 1757 to Harriet Hayton, they had one son and two daughters. Harriet died in 1764, but Samuel remarried in 1769 to Lady Mary Cornwallis. He represented Bedford as a Member of Parliament beginning in 1768 until his son took over in 1790. Samuel Whitbread died on June 11, 1796.
Year Range from 1773
Year Range to 1777
Material Hard Paste Porcelain
Place of Origin Made in Jingdezhen, Decorated in Guangzhou (Canton), China
Collection The Reeves Center
Collector David Sanctuary Howard Collection of Armorial Porcelain Coffee Cups
On View Reeves Center, Chinese Armorial Gallery