American Decorative Arts
Etcher source material by: T. Cartwright, British, w. c. 1794 - 1809
After: George Beck, American, born England, 1748 or 1750–1812

Plate with a View of Washington, District of Columbia

ca. 1830

Blue, transfer-printed earthenware

other: 7 5/8 in. (19.4 cm) 7 3/4 in. (19.69 cm)
Mabel Brady Garvan Collection

The view on this plate is based on an 1801 engraving by T. Cartwright after a drawing by the Kentucky-based artist, George Beck. Two of Beck’s paintings were purchased by George Washington and still hang at Mount Vernon. The view is relatively faithful to the original, although a traveler by the side of the road has been substituted for a man on a prancing horse, and the landscape features many more buildings than in Beck’s depiction—perhaps as the scene might have appeared at the time of the plate’s manufacture approximately thirty years later.

The ceramic works that were produced by Staffordshire potters for the American market can usually be traced to a particular manufacturer by means of their borders. Borders were made from stock designs on sections of paper that could be transferred onto many objects of different sizes, and each workshop had its own registered designs. This plate belongs to a number of pieces with a border design of leaves and flowers that have been attributed to an unidentified maker.

19th century
Containers - Ceramics
Manufactured in Staffordshire, England
Depicted Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Not on view
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