The collecting of Staffordshire figures, a particularly English folk art, has expanded from its origins to include much of the English speaking world. This work, in two books, details and illustrates the range and depth of figures made by the potters. Over 2,900 figures are illustrated in Book One and Book Two, virtually all in the brilliant color which was imperative for the beauty and simplicity of the figures to be fully appreciated. Many of these figures have never before been recorded. A history of the figures, together with many sources and relevant bibliographical details, are included, along with a guide to current prices. Victorian Staffordshire Figures 1835-1875, Book One is the definitive work on Portrait figures, and also includes Naval and Military, and Theatrical and Literary Characters (including Opera, Ballet, and Circus).
Adrian and Nicholas Harding, father and son, are dealers and collectors of Victorian Staffordshire figures and carry a stock of over two hundred figures at their Antique Centre in the Pantiles at Tunbridge Wells in Kent, England. Both write and lecture on the subject, and through their collecting and dealing have been "immersed" in the subject for over twenty-five years.