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Jug; Rt Hon. S.M. Bruce, Prime Minister of Australia Theme: Beginnings

Artist: ASHTEAD POTTERS LTD
Birth/Death: 1926–1936

Title: Jug; Rt Hon. S.M. Bruce, Prime Minister of Australia

Credit Line: National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.

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.

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