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Plate: Doctor Syntax and a Blue ? Beauty

Object Number: 
1961.377
Date: 
1815-1840
Medium: 
Earthenware
Dimensions: 
Overall: 3/4 x 6 3/4 in. ( 1.9 x 17.1 cm )
Marks: 
impressed: in back: medallion with crown at center inscribed with "CLEWS WARRANTED STAFFORDSHIRE"; grid pattern of 12 square dots above medallion printed: in blue on back: embellished rectangle with "Doctor Syntax/and a Blue/Stocking Beauty"
Description: 
Dark blue transfer printed pearlware tea plate with central image depicting interior scene in which a man reads a book to a seated woman with her hand to her hand; the border pattern is scrolls and flowers.
Gallery Label: 
Doctor Syntax was a popular cartoon character who first appeared in English magazines in 1809; this plate is part of this series.
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