Shape Type: Miscellaneous

Pattern Type: Commemorative, Heraldic and Historical Events

Date: 1800-1810


  • Height: 8.00 in (20.32 cm)

Maker: Unknown

Printer: Francis Morris

Printer's Mark:


Creamware jug, printed in black with an image based on a large map of the United States of America published by John Wallis of London, the first edition dated April 3, 1783.  In this adaptation, the cartouche from the lower right corner of the map is enlarged and becomes the pictorial frame for the map of the Eastern Seaboard of North America.  To the left we see Washington with an allegorical female figure of Liberty, to the right, Benjamin Franklin, seated beneath a pine tree, writes in a book inscribed, 4 July 1776, flanked by allegorical female figures of Justice and Wisdom.  Above the whole, the traditional classical figure of Fame blows a trumpet and holds a victor’s laurel wreath from which trails a ribbon inscribed WASHINGTON. Unlike Wallis’s original, the flag in this design is emblazoned with an American eagle based on the Great Seal of the United States.  These scenes are marked 1, 2 and 3, and a key printed at the base of the print reads, 1. Fame. 2. Washington securing Liberty to America. 3. Wisdom & Justice dictating to Dr. Franklin. Beneath the inscription within the laurel wreath frame is F. Morris Shelton printed twice.