Pitcher, "Memory of Immortal Washington"

Description
This transfer printed creamware pitcher is decorated with a print celebrating Liberty on one side and a print memorializing George Washington on the other side. The print depicts two allegorical figures, Victory on the left and Fame on the right, while the memorial reads “Memory those Patriots who Nobly dared to Protect their rights and succeeded in Emancipating their Country from the tyranny of the Oppressors and laid the foundation of a great Empire on its natural basis—Liberty.” The memorial to Washington depicts a mausoleum between a palm tree and a willow tree with an allegorical figure (perhaps representing Liberty) weeping beside the mausoleum. The figure holds a shield with a portrait of Washington facing left. The mausoleum reads “In memory of the Immortal Washington whose Patriotism and Military exploits in the service of his Country will be admired by Posterity.”
This pitcher is part of the McCauley collection of American themed transfer print pottery. There is no mark on the pitcher to tell us who made it, but it is characteristic of wares made in large volume for the American market in both Staffordshire and Liverpool between 1790 and 1820. Pitchers of this shape, with a cream colored glaze over a pale earthenware clay, known as Liverpool type, were the most common vessels to feature transfer prints with subjects commemorating events and significant figures in the early decades of United States’ history. Notwithstanding the tense relationship between Britain and America, Liverpool and Staffordshire printers and potters seized the commercial opportunity offered them in the production of transfer printed earthenwares celebrating the heroes, the military victories, and the virtues of the young republic, and frequently all of these things at once.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
pitcher
Physical Description
monochrome, black (overall surface decoration color name)
ceramic, earthenware, refined (overall material)
transfer printed (overall production method/technique)
Measurements
overall: 7 3/4 in x 8 in; 19.685 cm x 20.32 cm
overall: 7 7/8 in x 8 1/8 in x 5 1/2 in; 20.0025 cm x 20.6375 cm x 13.97 cm
place made
United Kingdom: England, Liverpool
ID Number
CE*63.156
catalog number
63.156
accession number
252565
collector/donor number
41-311
subject
Domestic Furnishings
Art
McCauley Liverpool Pottery
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McCauley Liverpool Pottery
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Robert H. McCauley
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