Pitcher, "Immortal Washington"

This small creamware pitcher was produced by Francis Morris of Staffordshire, England. The pitcher is decorated with two transfer prints. On one side is the Great Seal of the United States. On the other side is a portrait of George Washington flanked by the allegorical figures of Liberty and Justice. Justice proclaims, -“Deafness to the Ear that will patiently hear & Dumbness to the tongue that will utter a Calumny against the immortal Washington.” Liberty is pointing to Washington as she says, “My Favorite Son.” Below the portrait is the statement, “Long live the president of the United States.” Robert H. McCauley purchased this jug from Miss Polly Alloway of Goshen, NY on June 14, 1940 for $25.00.
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.
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Physical Description
monochrome, black (overall surface decoration color name)
ceramic, earthenware, refined (overall material)
transfer printed (overall production method/technique)
overall: 6 3/4 in x 6 3/4 in; 17.145 cm x 17.145 cm
overall: 6 5/8 in x 6 5/8 in x 4 3/4 in; 16.8275 cm x 16.8275 cm x 12.065 cm
place made
United Kingdom: England, Liverpool
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catalog number
accession number
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Domestic Furnishings
Government, Politics, and Reform
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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