Stevenson, Ralph __Attributed to
Staffordshire Great Britain
earthenware –transfer printed
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During the 19th century British pottery manufacturers used inexpensive transfer print technology to create hyper-local wares for particular markets. This pitcher depicts Shippingport, an early settlement about two-miles west of modern downtown Louisville. Located on a peninsula at the fall line of the Ohio River, it prospered from the large steamboat wharfs and flour mills that took advantage of its location. In 1825, Shippingport became an island when a canal cut the peninsula off from the mainland. Floods over the next decades and expansion of the canal in the 1950s erased Shippingport as a populated settlement.
Loan courtesy of The Speed Art Museum, purchase, Museum Art Fund, 1958.20