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Maker, formerly attributed to: Ralph Stevenson, British, 1815–1834
Engraver source material by: Fenner, Sears & Co., British, active 1825–46
After: H. Brown, active c. 1831
Publisher source material by: I. T. Hinton and Simpkin and Marshall, British, active 1830–32

Flask with a View of the Capitol at Washington


Blue transfer-printed earthenware

6 × 7 1/8 in. (15.24 × 18.1 cm)
Mabel Brady Garvan Collection

This is one example of the many views of buildings and places in the United States produced by Staffordshire potters specifically for the American market. The view is loosely based on an 1831 engraving by Fenner, Sears, & Co. after a drawing by H. Brown. The tree on the left is entirely the manufacturer’s invention, however, and although the couples in the foreground seem to be inspired by Brown’s depiction, their positioning in front of the Capitol varies significantly from the original. Ralph Stevenson produced a flask with a similar view of the Capitol, but with a different arrangement of figures in the foreground. The maker of this example is currently unknown. A border of white lace surrounds a transfer-printed border of leaves and vines. This inner border comes from a stock design that the manufacturer could reuse on many different pieces.

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