Jug, with scenes and verses from 'The Gentle Shepherd'

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Jug, with scenes and verses from 'The Gentle Shepherd'

This earthenware jug is transfer printed with scenes and verses from the poem 'The Gentle Shepherd' by Allan Ramsay. It was made around the 1820s at Hamilton Watson's pottery at Prestonpans in East Lothian.

The pattern on the jug depicts two figures outside a cottage. Ramsay's popular poem was published with illustrations by David Allan in 1788, and his aquatints were the source for this print.

Hamilton Watson took over the running of the original William Cadell pottery at Prestonpans in 1817 and continued until his bankruptcy in 1838.

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Online ID: 000-100-082-643-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.1995.134
Date: Around the 1820s
c. 1820
Material: Glazed earthenware. Inscription: Watson & Co; [verses from "The Gentle Shepherd" by Allan Ramsay]
Dimensions: 177 mm H x 207 mm L x 158 mm W
What: Jug
Who: Watson's Pottery, Prestonpans (Maker)
Where: Scotland, East Lothian, Prestonpans
Description: Glazed earthenware jug with blue and white transfer-printed pattern depicting two figures outside a cottage and verses by Allan Ramsay, by Watson's Pottery, Prestonpans, c. 1820
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