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American Decorative Arts
Maker: James and Ralph Clews, British, active 1817–35
After Source material drawn and engraved by: Samuel Maverick, American, 1789–1845

Cup Plate, “Landing of Gen. Lafayette at Castle Garden, New York, 16th August, 1824”


Earthenware with transfer-printed decoration

4 3/8 in. (11.11 cm)
Mabel Brady Garvan Collection

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. The image on this cup plate shows Lafayette’s arrival at Castle Garden aboard the steamship Chancellor Livingston. The ship was escorted by the Robert Fulton while six cannons fired a salute from the shore.

The source of the view is a copper-plate print drawn and engraved by Samuel Maverick, a member of a dynasty of New York engravers. The manufacturer has copied the original design very closely, however the view is slightly cropped. Maverick’s circular composition appears to have been originally intended to decorate a commemorative snuffbox. Maverick’s father, Peter Rushton Maverick, famously engraved gold presentation snuffboxes, one of which is in Yale’s collection, inv. no. 1930.1100. Maverick’s engraving was later pirated by another artist and made into a snuffbox, while amateur oil painters also produced works based on Maverick’s design.

Made in Staffordshire, England
19th century
Containers - Ceramics
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