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Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia


South Front of the Pennsylvania Hospital


Platter 18.5”x 14” in dark blue with repetitive rose and leaf medallion border.  South view of the Hospital on the center of the platter with trees framing the central three-storied building with columns on the second floor façade, a pediment above the third floor, and a dome with glass skylight. To the left and right of the Hospital are two-storied, symmetrical wings with cupolas atop each end. There are three male figures dressed in black coats and top hats standing in front of a post fence in the center foreground.

Potter: John & William Ridgway, 1814-1830 (Cauldon Place) Hanley
Date: ca. 1825
Artist: George Isham Parkyns (ca. 1749-ca. 1820) Illustrator, W. Cooke, Engraver (London)

Reverse) Printed on back of plate in blue cartouche: (above) BEAUTIES of AMERICA, (within cartouche) PENNSYLVANIA HOSPITAL /PHILADELPHIA. (below cartouche) J & W RIDGWAY

View Source: Francis R. Packard, M.D. in Some Account of the Pennsylvania Hospital notes "a drawing [of the hospital] by George Isham Parkyns was sent by the Managers in 1801 to Dr. John Coakley Lettisom of London, who...selected W. Cooke to engrave the plate which was intended to be used on a certificate for medical students on completion of their services at the hospital.” (173).
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