Christ in the Cornfield
- Object Number: 2002.C.311
- Simple Name: plaque
- Production Person: Austin, Jesse (engraver)
- Production Place: Fenton
- Production Place: Staffordshire
- Production Place: England
- Production Organisation: F and R Pratt and Co Ltd (factory)
- Summary: Circular plaque with a printed scene - Christ in the Cornfield. The plaque is surrounded by a wooden frame and made from ironstone china. The multicolour printed scene was engraved by Jesse Austin after the painting by H. Warren, surrounded by a series of printed borders.
- Terms:101 Ceramic Highlights
- Terms:18th & 19th Century Staffordshire
- Credit: Purchased with the aid of ReSource, V & A Purchase Grant Fund and of 25% from the National Art Collections Fund and the Friends of the Potteries Museums & Art Gallery.
- Additional Notes: The design, of Christ and his disciples in the cornfield, was engraved by Jesse Austin, one of the leading engravers of his era, and is based on a painting by H. Warren. Printed pottery had been produced in monochrome since the 18th century. The advent of multicolour printing in the 1840s opened up a new world of possibilities. Accurate colour reproductions of fine art could be produced on pottery for the general public, as could images depicting popular news stories of the day. Printed ceramic pots were also produced as early forms of marketing and visual packaging. F. & R. Pratt became one of the leading producers of colour printed wares. The technique used four or more engraved copper plates to apply each colour and a final outline in brown or black. When printed in turn these prints built up a full colour design with various shades and tones. In the 1880s colour lithography was introduced, marking the end for multi-plate underglaze printing.
- Contact: Potteries Museum and Art Gallery