American Decorative Arts
Manufacturer: Ralph Stevenson and Williams, British, ca. 1824–27
After Source material a) after painting by: Gilbert Stuart, American, 1755–1828
After Source material b) drawn and engraved by: Amédée Felix Barthélémy Geille, French, 1802–1843
Honorand: George Washington, American, 1732–1799, LL.D. 1822
Honorand: Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette, French, 1757–1834

Plate with Medallion Portraits of Washington and Lafayette

1825

Earthenware with transfer-printed decoration

10 in. (25.4 cm)
Mabel Brady Garvan Collection
1930.3140

General Lafayette’s visit to the United States in 1824 was a cause for huge celebration, sparking the manufacture of all kinds of commemorative souvenirs: dinner sets, watch ribbons, belt buckles, and even ladies’ gloves with buttons that bore his portrait. In the center of this plate, the two heroes of the American Revolution are depicted in medallion portraits. On the left is George Washington with his name inscribed above and the date “July 4, 1776” below. On the right is Lafayette, with the words “Welcome Lafayette” inscribed above his head and “The Nation’s Guest / Aug. 6, 1824” below.

The image of Washington is derived from a 1795 oil painting by the American artist Gilbert Stuart, known as the “Vaughn Portrait” (allegedly Martha Washington’s favorite of the many portraits Stuart painted of her husband). Lafayette’s likeness comes from an engraving by the French artist A. F. B. Geille. The border of scrolls, flowers, and urns was a stock, reusable design owned by the manufacturer.

Culture: 
British
Period: 
19th century
Classification: 
Containers - Ceramics
Geography: 
Manufactured in Cobridge, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England
Status: 
Not on view
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