monochrome, blue (overall surface decoration color name)
ceramic (overall material)
overall: 1 1/16 in x 10 5/16 in; 2.69875 cm x 26.19375 cm
United Kingdom: England, Staffordshire
This white glazed earthenware plate is part of a set of four commemorative plates manufactured in England to celebrate the completion of the Erie Canal. This plate honors New York Governor DeWitt Clinton. Clinton was one of the Erie Canal's biggest supporters as a New York politician. He believed that the canal would be, in his words , “a work more stupendous, more magnificent, and more beneficial than has hitherto been achieved by the human race.”
The plate reads: "THE GRAND ERIE CANAL, A SPLENDID MONUMENT OF THE ENTERPRISE & RESOURCES OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, INDEBTED FOR ITS EARLY COMMENCE-MENT & RAPID COMPLETION TO THE ACTIVE ENERGIES & ENLIGHTENED POLICY OF DE WITT CLINTON, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE."
Ellouise Baker Larsen Collection of American Historical Staffordshire China