Pitcher, "Washington in Glory"

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This large creamware pitcher is decorated with a transfer-print commemorating George Washington on one side and a depiction of a naval battle on the other. The print depicts an obelisk capped with an urn that features a profile image of Washington in his military regalia in the center of the obelisk. At the base of the monument is a female figure weeping and an eagle with its head down and wings extended. Banners around the print read “WASHINGTON IN GLORY / AMERICA IN TEARS.” The other print depicts a naval battle between the Macedonian and the United States took place on October 25, 1812, during the War of 1812. The United States, commanded by Captain Stephen Decatur defeated and captured the British ship HMS Macedonian and became a national hero. Robert H. McCauley purchased this jug from A. Grace Atkinson of Salem, MA on September 20, 1939 for $125.00.
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.
Currently not on view
place made
United Kingdom: England, Liverpool
Physical Description
monochrome, black (overall surface decoration color name)
ceramic, earthenware, refined (overall material)
transfer printed (joint piece production method/technique)
overall: 9 in x 8 5/8 in x 6 5/8 in; 22.86 cm x 21.9075 cm x 16.8275 cm
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Credit Line
Robert H. McCauley
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Data Source
National Museum of American History


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