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Erie Canal, View of the Aqueduct Bridge at Little Falls

Pattern Category: Places

Series: Floral Border, Irregular Center

Object Type: Dinner and Dessert Wares


  • Diameter: 6.25 inches


Shown here on a plate, this is one of three different views of the Erie Canal used by Wood, all of which have the Floral border, irregular center used by the maker on Commodore MacDonnough's Victory and Wadsworth Tower pieces. (Both such views listed in this exhibit). The other two Erie Canal views by Wood are also shown in this exhibit.  The pitcher in this series has a reverse view of either Entrance of the Erie Canal into the Hudson at Albany, or the view Erie Canal, View of the Aqueduct Bridge at Rochester. Similar views were also used in vignette form by Ralph Stevenson on his Medallion pieces, the plates showing the center view of City Hotel, New York and Park Theatre, New York, and the platters with central English views. The plate shown here has the title on the front as part of the design.

The Erie Canal was begun in 1817 under the governorship of New York Governor Clinton, (called the Father of the Erie Canal) and it was completed in 1825.