|John Rogers & Son (1815-1842) "Winter's Tale, Act 4 Scene 3" from "The Drama" Series, ca. 1825.|
|The trip takes two and a half hours today (one way), but took around 4 hours in 1960. This is a densely populated area.|
I was told years ago that there aren't many Shakespeare patterns from the first half of the 19th century, but there are an abundance in the last half. I haven't done a formal study, but most of the Shakespeare related patterns in the Transferware Collectors Club Pattern and Source Print Database are on tiles from the end of the 19th century. Most of the tiles were made by Mintons (1872-1950) and Minton & Hollins (1868-1962).
|Mintons (1872-1950) 6 inch tile depicting "Macbeth" Act III Scene IV. Do you see the ghost of Banquo?|
|Mintons "Macbeth" 6 inch tile Act V Scene VII.|
Mintons made 24 patterns in the Shakespeare series, which were designed by John Moyr Smith circa 1873-1874. They include the title of the play as well as the act and scene.
|Mintons "Romeo and Juliet" Act II Scene II; the balcony scene.|
|Mintons "Taming Of The Shrew" Act IV Scene III. If you click on the photo to make it larger, you should be able to see John Moyr Smith's initials to the left of Petruchio's leg.|
|Mintons "Othello" Act I Scene III|
|Minton Hollins & Co. (1869-1962) 6 inch tile "Othello & Desdemona"|
Minton Hollins & Co. also made tiles that illustrated Shakespeare's plays. The name of the play is not printed. The scene above shows Desdemona pleading with Othello. She wants him to believe that she has been faithful. In case you don't remember the play, it doesn't end well.
|Minton Hollins & Co. "Romeo & Juliet." This is the deathbed scene. Of course, you probably remember that Juliet is not dead yet!|
|Wallis Gimson & Co. (1884-1890) 8.75 inch plate from "The World" series.|
|Wallis Gimson & Co. 8.6 inch plate "Shakespeare" plate.|
|Evans & Glasson (1850-1862) "Shakespeare's Seven Ages of Man Illustrated 6.4 inch child's plate.|
An earlier child's plate, made by Lewis Weston Dillwyn (1824-1831), illustrates the sixth age of man. This plate, along with the mug and drainer above, are a few Shakespeare patterns I have found from the first part of the 19th century.
|Lewis Weston Dillwyn (1824-1831) "The Ages Of Man" 7.5 inch plate; "Sixth age shifts into the lean and/Slipper'd pantaloon, with spectacks/On nose, and pouch on side."|
Below is Shakespeare's "All the world's a stage" from "As You like It," Act II Scene VII.
It's strange to think I was halfway between the second and third age when I fell in love with Shakespeare. Now, I am in the sixth age.
I'll end with this from "A Winter's Tale."
This was true when I was fifteen, and remains true 56 years later.