Pitcher, "Memory of Immortal Washington"


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

Place Made: United Kingdom: England, Liverpool

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Credit Line: Robert H. McCauley

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: CE.63.156Catalog Number: 63.156Accession Number: 252565Collector/Donor Number: 41-311

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 7/8 in x 8 1/8 in x 5 1/2 in; 20.0025 cm x 20.6375 cm x 13.97 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a3-cc19-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_572394

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