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On View: Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
MEDIUM Earthenware
DATES ca. 1890
DIMENSIONS 6 x 6 x 5/16 in. (15.2 x 15.2 x 0.8 cm)  (show scale)
MARKINGS Molded marks on reverse: "44..." "WHEELING"/ (circle divided in half with molded "3" and "1" in either half) "2" (on its side ) "CUSHION REG". Artist's monogram on recto lower proper corner.
SIGNATURE no signature
INSCRIPTIONS no inscriptions
CREDIT LINE Purchased with funds given by Barbara Jakobson
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Tile, transfer-printed polychrome earthenware. Tile is dominated by two full-length figures on a grassy, flower-strewn expanse with a winding path on the lower half. There is a horizontal design of dense foliage at the horizon line with one tall tree upper proper right. Proper right of center is a young female figure in a brown high-waisted dress with short puff-sleeves and a white bodice and wearing a large brown hat. On her right hip she supports a tan wooden pail and in her left hand she supports a simple stool against her left hip. She looks to her left at an old man who bows his head and extends his right hand. In his left hand he holds gloves and leans on a thin cane. He is dressed in black high boots, white britches, a brown vest, a tan waistcoat, a white collared shirt and a tall tan hat. His hair is tied with a black ribbon and he wears pince-nez on a long cord. The sky is pale grey-blue and the landscape is light and dark tan with white flowers. In the upper proper left corner is printed: "WHERE.ARE.YOU. / GOING.TO.MY. /. PRETTY MAID? Lower proper left corner is artist's monogram. CONDITION: Good. Minor surface scratches and numerous small chips to upper edges of tile on all sides.
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
CAPTION Walter T. Crane (British, 1845–1915). Tile, ca. 1890. Earthenware, 6 x 6 x 5/16 in. (15.2 x 15.2 x 0.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Purchased with funds given by Barbara Jakobson, 1989.70 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1989.70_PS2.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 1989.70_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2008
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