spouted, handled vessel with wide mouth and short neck; one side decorated with portrait of Longfellow; opposite side has portion of poem; neck decorated with flowers and ribbons with names of Longfellow works

"Longfellow jug", c. 1880

“Longfellow” jugs were made by Wedgwood, the famous English manufacturer of fine china and porcelain, as a tribute to the American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. On one side is the poet’s portrait; on the other, the first lines of his long poem Kéramos. The jugs were commissioned by Richard Briggs, a Boston retailer of china and glass. Briggs gave one to Longfellow at Christmastime in 1880 and received the poet’s thanks in a letter dated December 30.

Details
Title
"Longfellow jug"
Artist Life
Staffordshire, England, est. 1759
Role
Decorator
Accession Number
2003.132
Curator Approved

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spouted, handled vessel with wide mouth and short neck; one side decorated with portrait of Longfellow; opposite side has portion of poem; neck decorated with flowers and ribbons with names of Longfellow works