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The front is engraved with a scene of nine men at a table set with a punch bowl, decanters, and goblets, and the words THE HELL FIRE CLUB. Engraved on the back are the words JAMES WORSDALE MASTER OF THE REVELS.

Artist/maker unknown, English

Made in England, Europe

c. 1745, with later engraving?

Lead-crystal glass with wheel-engraved decoration; drawn stem

Height: 8 3/8 inches (21.3 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Decorative Arts and Sculpture

* Gallery 377a, European Art 1500-1850, third floor

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Credit Line:
The George H. Lorimer Collection, 1953

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“Hell fire” clubs were the most notorious of the clubs that proliferated in eighteenth-century England and Ireland. With drinking as a central activity, members gathered to exchange political, literary, and artistic ideas. James Worsdale, whose name appears on this glass, was appointed “Master of the Revels” in the Dublin Hell Fire Club in 1741.

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