Plate: Aqueduct Bridge at Little Falls
Overall: 1/2 x 4 3/4 in. ( 1.3 x 12.1 cm )
Slightly fluted blue transfer printed pearlware plate; central image depicts a river and an aqueduct in a rural setting; below the image "AQUEDUCT BRIDGE AT L[ITTLE FALLS]; the border pattern is composed of stars; a fence-like pattern. (Larsen, 3rd ed. no. 677)
The maker of this plate has not been identified, although Staffordshire potters like Enoch Wood made transfer prints of this scene. The view is based on a watercolor by James Eights, later engraved for an 1825 memoir by Cadwallader Colden describing the festivities surrounding the completion of the Erie Canal. The canal crossed the Mohawk River at Little Falls, near Utica, where an impressive stone aqueduct with three arches spanned the river.
Gift of Mrs. J. Insley Blair
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