Transfer-Printed Aesthetics in the Hudson River Valley

Author(s): Michael T. Lucas

Year: 2018


The Hudson River has been a thoroughfare for transporting goods since the early seventeenth century. The Industrial Revolution and the subsequent development of railroad lines and the Erie Canal magnified the role of the Hudson River from Albany to New York City as a major economic artery for the new republic. At the same time, the Staffordshire potteries began producing transfer-printed ceramics for the world market. Manhattan’s docks were flooded with all forms of consumer goods. These goods were swiftly transported up the Hudson River to Albany and beyond. This paper analyzes Transfer-printed wares in archaeological assemblages from New York City and Albany dating from 1790 to 1850using color, motif, and form as selection criteria to determine their dependence on variables such as differences in household composition, class, and location.

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Transfer-Printed Aesthetics in the Hudson River Valley. Michael T. Lucas. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2018 ( tDAR id: 441185)


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Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 898