Overall: 3/4 x 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 in. ( 1.9 x 14 x 14 cm )
Molded pearlware plate, eight-sided with scalloped edge and scrolling geometric borders in low relief around printed black center with vignette of stout man in hat, vest, frock coat, and breeches with cow and sheep, man on horseback; painted black inscription on brim.
Purchased from Elie Nadelman, 1937
printed: in black on front of plate: "NOW I HAVE A SHEEP AND A COW EVERYBODY/BIDS ME GOOD MORNING"; "DR. FRANKLIN"
Benjamin Franklin represents America's prototypical self-made man, rising from humble tradesman to revolutionary thinker and world leader through a combination of hard work and thrift. In his Poor Richard's Almanack, published serially between 1732 and 1757, Franklin printed a steady offering of aphorisms and proverbs counseling industry and frugality, which captured the attention of a society bent on self-improvement. Beginning in the 1830s, Franklin's sayings were frequently printed, and imaginatively illustrated, on plates and mugs presented to children as a reward for good behavior and achievement.
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