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Basin with a View of Quebec (from British America series)

Manufacturer: Podmore, Walker and Co.

Date: 1842-1859
Overall: 4 9/16 × 13 11/16 in. (11.6 × 34.8 cm)
Medium: Earthenware with blue transfer print
Credit Line: The Barbara and James Moscovich Collection of Canadian Historical China
Object number: G13.15.14
DescriptionBlue and white basin from the British America Series with a transfer print scene of Quebec. The image was taken from "Canadian Scenery" by William Bartlett. The scene shows a soldier and figures on the shoreline, with ships, a city and mountains in the background and a vermiculated and foliate border.

Bartlett Views of Canada
According to Collard, the well-known topographical artist William Bartlett (1809-54) presented “the rawness of the new country with a softer tone that the Victorians frequently preferred to see it.” At least six potteries in Staffordshire produced in the range of 26 views of William Bartlett’s Canadian Scenery between 1840-1880 on dinner, breakfast, tea and toilet wares. Canadian Historical China, as it is sometimes called, has been found all over the world, not just in Canada and therefore was not made exclusively for the North American market. Podmore Walker and Co., called their multi-scene pattern, “British America” and produced the most scenes in the range of 20. Podmore often enhanced the views by adding birch bark canoes and soldiers and their families. Francis Morley & Co. called the pattern “Lake” to attract the American market and, amongst the Staffordshire potters, produced the views for the longest period and offered the pattern in the widest range of colours including gilding.