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Manufacturer: Enoch Wood and Sons, British, 1820–1846
Etcher source material by: William James Bennett, American, 1787–1844

Fruit Dish with View of West Point Military Academy


Earthenware with transfer-printed decoration

4 × 10 1/2 × 7 1/4 in. (10.16 × 26.67 × 18.42 cm)
Mabel Brady Garvan Collection

West Point, situated on a high plateau on the west bank of the Hudson River, rose to prominence as a fortress during the Revolutionary War and survived without capture by the British. The military academy there was established in 1802. This view is loosely based on an 1831 hand-colored aquatint by W.J. Bennett, a British artist who immigrated to New York around 1826. The manufacturer simplified Bennett’s original composition by retaining only the main geographic and architectural features, leaving out all but a few of a whole array of sail and steam vessels, as well as a great deal of foliage. In the foreground, Bennett’s pair of goats has been replaced by two fishermen. The particular seashell border surrounding the view was Enoch Wood and Sons’ most frequently used stock design, but the pierced sides of the dish are more unusual.

Manufactured in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England
Depicted West Point, New York, United States
19th century
Containers - Ceramics
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