Bowl with portrait of Benjamin Franklin, after 1775
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The bowl is moulded of light, cream-colored earthenware, and colored with a clear lead glaze. Transfer portraits of Washington and Franklin are alternated around the exterior walls with generic pastoral motifs. In the interior is a verse:

"As he tills his rich glebe, the old peasant shall tell/ While his bosom with liberty glows/ How our Warren expired, How Montgomery fell/ And how WASHINGTON crumbled your foes."

The poem refers to two of the earliest deaths of Revolutionary heroes: Dr. Joseph Warren (Bunker Hill, June 16, 1775), and General Richard Montgomery (Quebec, December 31, 1775).

The bowl is unmarked, and is attributed by the museum to Wedgwood's potteries. Terms of Use Credits