At the end of the 19th century, Royal Doulton’s original art director, Charles Noke, was busy at work creating ideas for the launch of Royal Doulton’s new Seriesware range. Characters from literature, history, folklore and music were the inspiration for many of the new patterns. Popular sports and leisurely activities such as golfing, hunting and fishing were also illustrated on a variety of ware. Seriesware patterns featuring children are among the most collected today. The list of subjects is endless and demonstrates Noke’s inherent gift for creating items with popular appeal.