Gone Away character jug modeled by Garry Sharpe and produced by Royal Doulton of Burslem, England, between 1960-1982. Amid considerable controversy, the traditional English sport of fox-hunting was banned in Great Britain in 2005. Undoubtedly there are those who continue to flaunt the new law, maintaining that fox-hunting is more civil than any alternative method for keeping the fox population in check. Since the end of the eighteenth century, the fox had replaced both the stag and the hare as the favorite quarry of the chase. Dressed in scarlet coat and silk hat, this jowly, well-fed character could have stepped straight from one of the many celebrated paintings inspired by this sport. Having encouraged the hounds by horn and voice, the look of irritation on the hunter's face indicates that this time at least, the wily fox, with cunning speed and endurance, has escaped; hence the cry "Gone Away!" The fox on the handle of this jug has a very knowing expression, this time clearly having the upper hand. The Gone Away character jug was made in three sizes with this being the largest along with small (D6538) and miniature (D6545) sizes.