Staffordshire Martha Gunn pearlware pottery Toby jug decorated with enamels over the glaze, circa 1820

Martha Gunn (1726–1815) was possibly the most famous of the “dippers”, certainly the most famous in Brighton. She lived at 36 East Street, Brighton, in a house that still stands. Her grave stone stands in St Nicholas’ churchyard in Brighton. The Morning Herald described Martha Gunn as “The Venerable Priestess of the Bath”. Martha Gunn was well known in the town and also known across the country. Her image appeared in many popular engravings including one in which she appeared repelling the invading French with a mop. In another she is seen standing behind Mrs Fitzherbert and The Prince of Wales (the future George IV). Martha Gunn was said to be a favourite of the Prince of Wales and had free access to the royal kitchens.

Height: 10 ½”

Condition: Chips to the edge of the base and two small chips to her hat restored