Carl Steen
The Jolly Young Waterman at Fort Johnson, Charleston, South Carolina

Ceramics in America 2011

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  • Figure 1
    Figure 1

    Jug fragments, probably Liverpool, England, 1792–1800. Creamware. H. of base sherd 3". (Photo, Carl Steen.) Over its glaze the vessel is decorated with a black transfer-printed motif labeled “GREENWICH HOSPITAL” on one side and, on the other, the lyrics from a musical written in 1774 by Charles Dibdin.

  • Figure 2
    Figure 2

    Thomas Nicholson, William Walker, and John Walker, Greenwich Hospital, London, England, 1792. Etching and engraving. 5 3/4" x 7 3/4". (Courtesy, National Maritime Museum, London.) This print is the source for the transfer-printed image on the jug fragments illustrated in fig. 1, and thus dates the vessel to 1792 or later. 

  • Figure 3
    Figure 3

    Mug, probably Liverpool, England, 1792–1800. Creamware. H. 6 1/8". (Courtesy, National Maritime Museum, London.) The print on this vessel has been recorded on commemorative mugs and jugs, and proved helpful in the identification of the fragmented jug from Fort Johnson. The transfer-printed motif of London’s Greenwich Hospital is based on the engraving illustrated in fig. 2.