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Blue transfer-printed pearlware plate. Floral border surrounding a central scene illustrating the Boston Insane Hospital.
One of many views related to the early United States and its history that appear in the online exhibit "Patriotic America."
In 1816 the Charlestown home of Joseph Barrell, which was designed by Charles Bulfinch, was bought by the Massachusetts General Hospital Corporation for use as an asylum. It opened in 1818 and was named "McLean" for John McLean who was a major donor to Massachusetts General.
"BEAUTIES OF AMERICA/ INSANE HOSPITAL/ BOSTON/ J&W RIDGWAY" (printed)
Beauties of America
Subject Insane Hospital,
Ridgway, John and William, 1814 F-1830 (Maker)
Hanley, England, STAFFORDSHIRE; Hanley, England, Staffordshire
3/4 (H), 7 1/8 (diameter) (inches)
Gift of Mrs. Charles I. Thayer