MC988.1.77 | Dish
1830-1840, 19th century
Ceramic: earthenware; Moulded
10 x 25 cm
Purchase from Mrs. Margaret deVolpi
© McCord Museum
Keywords: Dish (42)
Keys to History
This plate is decorated with a scene of Montreal, taken from île Sainte-Hélène. The British America steamboat is in the centre of the picture. In the 19th century, dishes and table accessories featuring the works of artists or photographs of well-known landscapes were common.
The international transport of merchandise developed considerably after 1850. Around 1867, the fleet of sailboats from Eastern Canada played an enviable role in world trade, ranking third after those of the United Kingdom and the United States. However, from the beginning of the 19th century, steamboats sailed the St. Lawrence linking up Montreal and Quebec City. At the turn of the 20th century, steam-powered merchant ships completely replaced sailing ships.
This is an English platter made in Davenport; it also came in blue.
In the 19th century, Canadians used many ceramic items from Great Britain, a country where the pottery industry offered a broad range of products.
In 1811, an importer from Halifax declared that pottery engraved under glaze, a new procedure used to decorate dishware with motifs or landscapes, was in fashion.
A work by artist Robert Sproule, watercolourist and miniaturist painter, served as the base for the illustration reproduced on this plate.