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Manufacturer: John and William Ridgway, British, 1814–1830
Engraver Source material by: Asaph Willard, American, 1786–1880

Platter with a View of the Deaf and Dumb Asylum, Hartford, Connecticut


Earthenware with transfer-printed decoration

11 × 14 7/8 in. (27.94 × 37.78 cm)
Gift of Mrs. William B. Closson

This platter belongs to a series of about twenty-two designs by the Ridgway brothers known as “Beauties of America.” Oddly enough, the subjects of this series tend to be utilitarian buildings with humanitarian functions, such as this example, rather than the wonders of nature or engineering seen on other American views produced in England for the export market.

The view of the Asylum is based on an engraving by Asaph Willard, who began working in Hartford after 1818. The view was later copied by the New Haven artist and publisher J.W. Barber in his book Connecticut Historical Collections from 1836. The Deaf and Dumb Asylum, established by Thomas H. Gallaudet in 1815, was the first institution in the United States dedicated to the handicapped and became the model for the teaching of sign language in this country.

Manufactured in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England
Depicted Hartford, Connecticut, United States
19th century
Containers - Ceramics

Mrs. William Baxter Closson; gift to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

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