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Grigsby, Leslie B. (Leslie Brown) / The Longridge collection of English slipware and delftware. Volume 2: delftware
Volume 2 (2000)

Dishes and plates: European nautical scenes,   pp. [132]-135


Page [132]

 
D97. DISH 
Bristol 
Number "10" on exterior 
c. 1740 
H.: 1 7/8" (4.8 cm): Diam.: 13 1/8" (33.3 cm) 
BODY CLAY: Medium-grained buff. 
TIN GLAZE: Light bluish white with 
brown speckling and tiny blow holes. 
Somewhat runny and uneven on exterior. 
Overall, excluding portion of footrim 
edge. 
SHAPE: Molded Shape between D 
and E. 
DECORATION: Painted. Castle or fort 
on island with ships and figure-filled 
rowboat. Land in foreground with 
fence. Border composed of circle and 
brown edge. Exterior bears number 10" 
and double-stroke and leaf under rim 
markings. 
Ex colt.: Printed sticker "HHW/ number/104,' 
with "104" written in ink. 
1. Admiral Edward Vernon (1684 1757). Ray, 
Warren, figs. 1-7, pp. 56-63; Archer, V&A, 
no. B.11, col. pl. 48; Britton, Bristol, pp. 159-160, 
no. 10.46, figs. 15-16. 
2. Atkins, Exhibition (1993), no. 17. 
3. Lipski and Archer, Dated Delftware, nos. 465- 
468; Ray, Warren, pl. 25, nos. 63, 64; Austin, 
Delft, no. 261. 
4. Grigsby, Chipstone, no. 59; Ray, Warren, 
pl. 10, no. 27, pp. 130 131. The corner ornament 
of a 1740 London map of'the Itarbour Town and 
Fort f Porto-Bello taken by Admiral Vernon Nov. 22d. 
1739 includes four battleships matching those 
from the Fort Chagres engraving (Colonial 
Williamsburg collection, no. 1968-126). 
This scene appears to be a simplified version of one in an elaborate 1740
engraving titled An exact Account of Vice Admiral Vernon's taking the Castle
& Town of 
Chagre in ye West-Indies. One of the ships in the engraving closely matches
the 
large vessel near the right on the dish. Also in the engraving is an exploding-
towered fort with an arched gate, a flag, and, in the foreground, a rowboat
with 
figures differently posed from those on the dish shown here. 
   Two impressive delft dishes titled "The taking of CHAGRE in the West
Indies 
by Admiral VERNON" closely imitate the engraving's detailed design and
are 
attributed to Richard Frank's Redcliff Back pottery in Bristol. The dishes'
tower 
is identified as having the "flag of Truce hung out by Span." Another
delft dish 
depicts "A View of the Hot Well" (after a 1731 engraving) and shows
the Chagres 
engraving's men-in-a-rowboat motif. That dish, inscribed "Is F' over
"1741/2," 
has under-rim markings and detailing of the water much like those on the
Long- 
ridge dish. Although such initials and other criteria have led a group of
often 
elegantly painted delftware pieces to be attributed to Joseph Flower,, the
asso- 
ciation of the dish shown here with the group is tangential enough to preclude
confident attribution. 
   Another "10"-marked dish shows a different version of the exploding-tower
Chagres scene,' and several 1740 dated "powdered ground" plates,
like a flower 
brick in this collection (no. D374), depict towered forts, somewhat similar
in 
design to the structure on the Longridge dish, with flags and sailing ships.3
Scenes on some dishes depicting Vernon's victory at Portobello, Panama, have
been confused with views relating to Chagres.1 


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