Ridgway’s “Heritage” pattern merged Canadian history and colorful dinnerware. Manufactured by Ridgway Pottery of Staffordshire England in the 1960’s, the earthenware pieces feature hand applied colors over a dark green transfer. “Heritage” pattern was adapted from a series of sketches and sepia watercolors composed by William Henry Bartlett, then a twenty-nine year old english artist. From June to November 1838 Bartlett traveled through eastern Canada creating the works. These were later engraved onto steel plates for mass printing. Images from Bartletts journey were published as “Canadian Scenery Illustrated”, an 1842 collection featuring over one hundred steel engravings.
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