Overall: 3/4 x 7 3/4 in. ( 1.9 x 19.7 cm )
Molded earthenware (pearlware) plate transfer-printed in dark blue with scene of landing of General Lafayette at Castle Garden; floral border with beading around edge.
Gift of Dr. Arthur H. Merritt
impressed: on underside of plate: "CLEWS WARRANTED STAFFORDSHIRE" around crown transfer-printed: beneath image on front of plate: "LANDING OF GEN. LA FAYETTE/At Castle Garden New York/16. August 1824"
Lafayette's much-celebrated return to America in 1824 was an enormously popular subject for Staffordshire pottery. New York's finest steamboats, the "Chancellor Livingston" and the "Robert Fulton," can be seen at the left; hundreds of people on the building's roof witness a cannon and artillery salute.