‘Croatian Pottery’

‘Croatian Pottery’
Accession number: 
Balfour Library, Eur 8vo (6)
Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford

Page featuring an engraving (made after a drawing by Arthur Evans), captioned ‘Croatian Pottery’, published in Arthur J. Evans, Through Bosnia and the Herzegóvina on Foot during the Insurrection, August and September 1875 (London, 1876), p.19.

Artist: Unidentified engraver, after an original drawing [1941.8.174] by Arthur John Evans
Date of publication: 1876
Continent: Europe
Geographical area: Southern Europe
Country: Croatia
Region/Place: Zagreb
Cultural group: European Croat
Format: Woodcut engraving
Page size: 234 x 141 mm
Acquisition: Henry Balfour. Bequeathed February 1939


Research notes: It has been identified by Philip Grover that this woodcut engraving by an unnamed artist was based partly on an original drawing [1941.8.174] by Arthur John Evans, being the depiction of pottery for sale at the market in Zagreb. It was published in Evans’ account of his journey, Through Bosnia and the Herzegóvina on Foot during the Insurrection, August and September 1875 (London, 1876), p.19, printed with the caption ‘Croatian Pottery’. Evans recorded in the volume: ‘The same South Sclavonic unity is apparent if we examine pots and pans which these old-world peasants are selling in the market-place. [...] The other vessels to be found in the Croatian crockery-markets, if they do not betray Roman influences, at least in nearly every case bear witness to the common character of South Sclavonic civilisation. There is hardly a shape in the Agram market which may not be found again at Belgrade or Bucharest’: Through Bosnia and the Herzegóvina on Foot, pp.16, 19. Note that Agram is the German name for Zagreb, Croatia.