Pictorial Tile Panels

A picture of a scene, or characters in the form of a panel made up of a number of tiles. The panel would have been originally inset into an overall scheme which may include plain tiles and a tile ‘frame’ surrounding the panel. Hand-painted, sometimes also tube-lined, these panels  are frequently found in the childrens’ wards of hospitals and also butchers’ shops, fish-mongers’, game-dealers’, dairies, ‘emporiums’ like Harrods.

Cool and hygienic, these tiles were far more than purely functional in those expanding food retail businesses during the Victorian period.  They also contributed to the architectural decoration of the shops.