“Hospital Boston” Staffordshire Transferware Plate
Staffordshire transferware plate by Ralph Stevenson, circa 1825.
Dimensions: Approximately 8⅜” diameter.
The rim is decorated with Stevenson’s “Vine Border”.
The central scene is of the hospital in the background and a horse-drawn carriage in the foreground.
The reverse bears a printed cartouche with the words “Hospital Boston” and what appears to be a printed “C” or “G”, which is likely a workman’s mark.
The view is of Massachusetts General Hospital; however, the image was called “Hospital Boston” by several potters.
The source of view may be a print of Massachusetts General Hospital from Snow's 1825 “History of Boston” that is based on a drawing by J.R. Penniman.
“Historical Staffordshire An Illustrated Check-List” by David & Linda Arman.
“American Historical Views on Staffordshire China” by Larsen.
“Historical Staffordshire: American Patriots and Views” by Snyder.
Condition: There is a hairline crack at approximately 5:00; otherwise in excellent condition consistent with age and usage.