Appealing to American Interests
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Fri, 07/29/2022 – 12:54
Having perfected the technique of printing detailed scenes onto ceramics, potteries in England’s industrial heartland created products for an expanding consumer base in the United States. Appealing to American interests, they depicted patriotic landscapes and commemorated newsworthy tragedies like the 1835 Great Fire of New York City. The First Amendment plate memorializing newspaper editor Elijah Parish Lovejoy (1802–37) championed the Abolitionist cause for which he was killed. British artist Paul Scott harnesses this practice to address contemporary justice issues in North America, making sophisticated alterations to historical plates and their designs that comment on climate change, immigration, and the impact of natural resource extraction on Indigenous communities.