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Catalog Number 2017.24.1
Object Name Dish, Vegetable
Description A view of perhaps the most famous house in early-nineteenth century America, George Washington's Mount Vernon, decorates this dish. It is part of the English potters John and William Ridgway's "Beauties of America" series, which was a dinner set decorated with views of American landmarks.

Typical of transfer-printed ceramics, some were original designs while others were copied from prints; this view is based on William Birch's "Mount Vernon, Virginia, The Seat of the Late Genl. G. Washington," which had been published in The Country Seats of the United States of North America, published in 1808.

The dish shows Mount Vernon overlooking the Potomac River. In the foreground a man guides a rider-less white horse. While it could merely be a vignette added to emphasis the pastoral nature of Mount Vernon, rider-less horses have long been a symbol of a fallen warrior.
Year Range from 1825
Year Range to 1830
Material Pearlware (Lead-Glazed Earthenware)
Place of Origin Made by John and William Ridgway, Staffordshire, England
Artist John and William Ridgway
Collection The Reeves Center
Credit line Gift of Pat Valentine
On View Reeves Center, European Gallery
Gallery ID Number 118