Plate in "British America" pattern with "Indian Scene on the St. Lawrence" - ROM2006_6241_1

ROM2006_6241_1

Plate in "British America" pattern with "Indian Scene on the St. Lawrence"

Maker: Made by Podmore, Walker & Co. (English, 1834-1859), scene after William Henry Bartlett (English, 1809-1854)
Medium:White earthenware with underglaze transfer-printed decoration
Geography: Tunstall, Staffordshire, England
Date: c. 1845-1855
Dimensions:
2.5 (height) x 25.2 (diameter) cm
Object number: 943.62.1
Credit Line: Gift of Count Walter and Countess Mary Bieniewski
On view
Gallery Location:Sigmund Samuel Gallery of Canada
Description

This scene belongs to the “British America” pattern. The subject of this pattern was primarily landscape scenery, incorporating figures as secondary elements. In this rare instance, First Nation peoples are the subject. The interpretation is, however, idyllic and is intended to support a deceptive vision of “peace, order and good government” according to a British ideal where everyone was content to live under imperial domination.

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