Gallery 277a, second floor
In the early decades of the nineteenth century, America was the most important market for ceramics produced in the major manufacturing center of Staffordshire, England. In response to a renewed sense of national pride, some of the ceramics which found their way onto the America market were decorated in blue and white with scenes of this country's monuments, both built and natural, many of which were based on recently recorded topographical views. Among the some thirty pieces in this installation are a number with views of Philadelphia landmarks including the Dam and Water Works on the Schuylkill River, the Bank of the United States and the Philadelphia Library Company building.
Donna Corbin • Associate Curator of European Decorative Arts