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On View Barbara Weld Putnam Gallery, level 1

Object description

  • Josiah Wedgwood & Sons, Manufacturer (English, active years about 1759-1989); John Mortlock, retailer (English); John Mortlock, Retailer (English)
  • Thomas Carlyle pitcher, 1881
  • Glazed earthenware, ceramic
  • Etruria, Staffordshire, England
  • H: 7 3/4 in, W: 6 3/4 in (H: 19.7 cm, W: 17.1 cm)
  • Gift of Reverend George Gardner Monks, Dr. John Peabody Monks, and Mrs. Constantin A. (Olga Monks) Pertzoff, 1993
  • 125804


Inscription around top: "Thomas Carlyle/ Born at Ecelefechan 1793 / Died at Chelsea 1881"


This is a transfer-printed pitcher featuring a portrait of Thomas Carlyle on one side and a portion of his poem "Past and Present" on the reverse. The handle and spout are of a maroon ground with decoration. Other decorative features include floral borders.

Exhibition History

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