I love finding source prints. They fill my need for more information; who drew the original pattern and why. A saucer with a boy riding a goat appeared on eBay recently. The pattern looked familiar. Whenever I see a pattern with an animal, I go to Thomas Bewick's A General History Of Quadrupeds, 1790. I knew the pattern was probably at the end of one of the chapters, as Bewick had the habit of drawing a vignette or tail-piece to punctuate each chapter. Sometimes the vignette is related to the chapter and sometimes not. So I looked through much of the book before I spotted the boy riding the goat. It appears at the end of the chapter titled "The Common Goat." I could have saved myself a lot of time if I had just gone there first!
|Boy riding a goat 6.5 inch saucer by an unknown maker, ca. 1825
|Source print for the above saucer is from "A General History Of Quadrupeds" by Thomas Bewick, 1790
However, as I perused the chapter vignettes, I found another print that looked familiar. It was at the beginning of the chapter titled "The Domestic Cat." I have never paid much attention to the pattern before. Unlike Bewick's dogs (there are many), there is only one domestic cat. I find it interesting how the brain can suddenly resonate with something that it ignored before. One of my favorite children's patterns features a cat coupled with the text "For a good Girl." The combination of cat and text is irresistible to me as I love cats and one very special (to me) little girl. I wasn't looking for the source print, but I found it anyway!
|"For a good Girl" 7 inch child's plate, ca. 1830
|Source print for the above plate is from Thomas Bewick's "A General History Of Quadrupeds." It features at the beginning of the chapter titled "The Domestic Cat."
* (I didn't realize I had included so many source prints in my blog posts)
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