Figure depicting Emily Sandford
- Object Number: 1980.P.282
- Simple Name: figure
- Production Place: Stoke-on-Trent
- Production Place: Staffordshire
- Production Place: England
- Production Period:
- Summary: Figure depicting Emily Sandford. Earthenware with overglaze painted decoration. Sandford stands next to a podium with a piece of paper clutched to her body. The front of the base is Inscribed, 'Emily Sandford'.
- Terms:heroes & villains
- Terms:crime & punishment
- Terms:18th & 19th Century Staffordshire
- Credit: P D Gordon Pugh Collection. Purchased with grant in aid from the V&A Purchase Grant Fund, The Art Fund and The Friends of The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery.
- Additional Notes: On the death of his wife, Emily Sandford had been employed by James Blomfield Rush as a governess for his 9 children. She became his mistress and bore him another child. Emily became embroiled in one of the famous trials of the Victorian Age after she was bullied into providing Rush with an alibi after the murder of his landlord, Isaac Jermy. The withdrawal of this alibi saw Rush committed to trial where he cross-examined her himself. Rush was eventually found guilty and hanged in front of a crowd on 20,000 on the 21st April 1849.
- Contact: Potteries Museum and Art Gallery