Washbowl: View of the Entrance of the Erie Canal at Albany

Object Number: 
1921.18
Date: 
1825-1840
Medium: 
Earthenware
Dimensions: 
Overall: 4 3/8 x 12 in. ( 11.1 x 30.5 cm )
Marks: 
transfer printed: in blue on underside of washbowl: "ENTRANCE OF/THE ERIE CANAL/INTO THE HUDSON/AT ALBANY"
Description: 
Molded pearlware washbowl with flaring rim, decorated with dark blue transfer print of the entrance to the Erie Canal at Albany; band of floral decoration printed on outside of washbowl and on interior rim; center of interior printed with scene of Erie Canal at Albany, with figures fishing in foreground, and canal boats and lock at center. (Larsen, 3rd ed., no. 42)
Gallery Label: 
The completion of the 362-mile Erie Canal in 1825 was the cause of great celebration that included festivals in Albany, Little Falls, Rochester, and New York. This is one of three views that comprised Enoch Wood's commemorative canal series.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Samuel V. Hoffman
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group