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AAS #:     

227 and 228
Name: 

Mount Vernon, Virginia, Home of George Washington

View:   

Mount Vernon, Virginia, the Seat of the late Genl. G. Washington

Description:   

227: Dish 11” x 9.5” in dark blue with repetitive rose and leaf border in a scalloped edge. Mount Vernon, which is set in the background on a hill, is shown in an angled frontal view with central portico and cupola. There are clouds above the House, many trees framing the view on the right and left. On the left, the hill runs down to the Potomac River with a ship at full sail.  In the left foreground, there is a rider on a black horse guiding a white, riderless horse to water. On the foot of the dish is the repetitive rose and leaf border in dark blue.
228: Cover: Repetitive rose and leaf medallion border with a solid band of blue and a conventional leaf design surrounding the identical view of Mount Vernon as is on the dish. Handle in the center of the cover appears to be in the shape of a leaf colored in dark cobalt blue. The cover sits on the center of the dish.

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

Joshua Shaw (1776-1860) Illustrator, William G. Mason, (fl. 1822-1845) Engraver

Marks:

On Bottom of #227) Stamped in blue in center of dish (above cartouche): “BEAUTIES of AMERICA”, (within cartouche): “MOUNT VERNON/ Nr  WASHINGTON.” (below cartouche):
“J & W RIDGWAY”
(On reverse of #228) Stamped in blue in center of cover (above cartouche): “BEAUTIES of AMERICA”, (within cartouche): “MOUNT VERNON/ Nr  WASHINGTON.” (below cartouche):
“J & W RIDGWAY”

View Source:

George Washington’s home “Mount Vernon” was drawn, engraved and published by William Russell Birch (1755-1834) in The Country Seats of the United States of North America, with Some Scenes Connected with Them. (Bristol, Pennsylvania: 1808).  The engraving is marked: Mount Vernon, Virginia, the Seat of the Late Genl. G. Washington. / Drawn Engraved & Published by W. Birch Springland near Bristol Pennsylva. (AAS: Reserve Collection 1808, AAS#: 7).

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