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Octagon Church, Boston


New South


Soup plate, 10” in dark blue with repetitive rose and leaf medallion border. New South Church is centered on the face of the plate framed by feathery-leaved trees on the right and left, with residences in the left and right background. A chaise driven by a lone rider on a horse is in the foreground of the view.

Potter: John & William Ridgway, 1814-1830 (Cauldon Place) Hanley
Date: ca. 1825

Joseph Andrews (1806-1873) Illustrator; Abel Bowen (1790-1850) Engraver


Printed on back of plate in blue cartouche: (above) BEAUTIES of AMERICA, (within cartouche) OCTAGON CHURCH/BOSTON (below cartouche) J & W RIDGWAY. 

View Source:

The view transferred onto the soup plate by Ridgway’s potters is a line engraving by Abel Bowen after a drawing by Joseph Andrews   published by Bowen facing page 153 in his book entitled: Bowen’s Picture of Boston, or The Citizen’s and Stranger’s Guide to the Metropolis of Massachusetts, and its Environs. Boston: Abel Bowen, 1829. (AAS: LML Bost Bowe B829).  The octagonal-shaped New South Church was built between Bedford and Summer Streets in Boston and dedicated on December 29, 1814. 

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