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This ceramic pitcher is decorated with a tranfer-printed design and portrait of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
borders (ornament areas)
figure- and animal-derived motifs
Vessel, Drink Serving
"Cherished Possessions": By the middle of the nineteenth century Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was an American celebrity, whose poems Hiawatha and Evangeline, among others, had resulted in universal acclaim. When Longfellow's poem Keramos was published in 1877, Richard Briggs, who claimed that his Boston, Massachusetts, china store was the nation's oldest, saw an opportunity to profit from the poet's popularity. Briggs traveled to England and commissioned the Wedgwood Company to make a pitcher commemorating Longfellow's work.
On bottom: Impressed: ""WEDGWOOD T"" [and illeg. marks] Printed: ""Manufactured by Josiah Wedgwood and Sons Etruria/ For/ Richard Briggs/ Boston/ Registered in Great Britain/ and France/ Also in the/ United States.""
Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth, 1807-1882
Rhead, George Wolliscroft, 1855-1920 (Artist)
Wedgwood & Co. (Maker)
7 (H) (inches)
Gift of Capt. Lester S. Couch
County of Staffordshire (England, United Kingdom) [county]