American Decorative Arts
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Manufacturer: Andrew Stevenson, British, 1780–after 1845
Etcher Source material by: John Hill, American, born England, 1770–1850
Publisher source material by: William Guy Wall, American. born Ireland, 1792–after 1863

Platter with a View of New York from the Heights near Brooklyn

1823–29

Blue, transfer-printed earthenware

16 in. (40.6 cm) 12 1/2 x 16 in. (31.75 x 40.64 cm)
Mabel Brady Garvan Collection
1934.292

The Staffordshire potter Andrew Stevenson produced over twenty designs featuring American scenes, presumably for the American market. The view on this platter is based on an 1823 aquatint by John Hill after a watercolor by the Irish artist William Guy Wall. The foreground depicts Red Hook, Brooklyn. The windmill on the shore belonged to Anchor Gin located at the base of Joralemon Street. The distillery was owned by Hezekiah Pierrepont, grandson of James Pierpont, a founder of Yale University. Shortly before this scene was painted, Pierrepoint gave up the distillery business and began developing Brooklyn Heights.

Stevenson produced two versions of this view. The first, this example, is faithful to the original painting, although the landscape is slightly compacted to fit the shape of the platter. In the second version, the man standing in the foreground has a flatter hat, wears a knapsack, and rests his walking stick on his shoulder.

Culture: 
British
Period: 
19th century
Classification: 
Containers - Ceramics
Geography: 
Manufactured in Cobridge, Staffordshire, England
Depicted New York, New York, United States
Status: 
Not on view
Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.