Friday, March 14, 2014

Plate, c. 1770

Plate, Sadler & Green, c. 1770, British Museum.

This simple transferware plate is decorated with the common "sailor's farewell" trope. A sailor embraces his lass, gesturing toward the sea. She gazes up to his eyes and envelopes him in both of her arms.

The sailor wears a reversed and small cocked hat, striped neckcloth, and a slightly longer jacket. His waistcoat is longer than many worn by sailors, with narrow vertical stripes. The long trousers are plain and end above the ankle. In his right hand is a long stick.

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