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Plate: Catskill Mountain House

Object Number: 
1961.148
Date: 
1831-1843
Medium: 
Earthenware
Dimensions: 
Overall: 1 1/8 x 10 3/8 in. ( 2.9 x 26.4 cm )
Marks: 
printed: in red on back: cartouche with "CATSKILL/ MOUNTAIN HOUSE/ U.S."
Description: 
Red transfer printed glazed earthenware plate with central image depicting Catskill Mountain House on a hillside; there are three figures in the foreground; the border pattern is composed of flowers, scroll work, and decorative shell shapes. (Larsen, 3rd ed., no. 330)
Gallery Label: 
Thomas Cole's painting, "View of the Catskill Mountain House, N.Y.," engraved and published in London in 1830, inspired this transfer-printed scene. Several Staffordshire potters reproduced engravings of the Catskill Mountain House, a popular resort overlooking the Hudson Valley. Such was its fame that James Fennimore Cooper advised his European audience in the 1850s: "If you want to see the sights of America, go to see Niagara Falls, Lake George, and the Catskill Mountain House"
Credit Line: 
Gift of Dr. Arthur H. Merritt
Provenance: 
The Dr. Arthur H. Merritt Collection of Anglo-American Historical Staffordshire
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group