Object photography

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On View Barbara Weld Putnam Gallery, level 1

Object description

  • Josiah Wedgwood & Sons, Manufacturer (English, active years about 1759-1989); Richard Briggs, retailer (English)
  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow pitcher, 1880
  • Glazed earthenware
  • Etruria, Staffordshire County, England
  • H: 6.5 in, dia.: 6.25 in (H: 16.5 cm)
  • Gift of Reverend George Gardner Monks, Dr. John Peabody Monks, and Mrs. Constantin A. (Olga Monks) Pertzoff, 1993
  • 125803


Around top of jug, names of Longfellow's works "Excelsior", "Hiawatha", "Evengeline", "Miles Standish", etc. On reverse of jug, a portion of the poem "Keramos": "Turn, turn, my wheel! Turn round and round Without a pause, without a sound: So spins the flying world away! This clay, well mixed with marl and sand, Follows the motion of my hand; For some must follow, and some command, Though all are made of clay" On underside of jug: "Manufactured by Josiah Wedgwood & Sons Etruria/ For/ Richard Briggs/ Boston/ Register'd in Great Britain/ and France/ Also in the/ United States"


This transfer-printed pitcher features a portrait of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow on one side, with text from Longfellow's poem "Keramos" on the reverse. The handle and spout are of maroon ground with decorations. Other decorative features include floral borders, stars, and gilding.

Exhibition History

  • American Decorative Arts exhibition, Peabody Essex Museum; June 03, 2003 through Present