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George Washington Apotheosis
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
c. 1800-1802
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After the American Revolution, renewed demand for imported tablewares from England kept the Herculaneum Pottery of Liverpool busy producing transfer-printed creamware decorated for an American market. Appearing on this pitcher, along with a distinctly un-American agricultural scene, are two especially popular subjects: an eagle and the apotheosis of Washington. John James Barralet, who designed the apotheosis print, depicted Washington rising from his tomb, assisted by Father Time and Immortality, and mourned by an eagle, an allegorical "America," and a sorrowful Indian. Faith, Hope, and Charity appear in the background. Barralet's ambitious engraving spawned many copies, including Chinese reverse paintings on glass.
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Unidentified Artist
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John James Barralet, 1747 - 1815
George Washington, 22 Feb 1732 - 14 Dec 1799
Transfer image on ceramic
Other: 26.5 x 27 x 20 cm (10 7/16 x 10 5/8 x 7 7/8")
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National Portrait Gallery
Decorative Arts