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Staffordshire Pitcher

Edward James Ridgway and Leonard James Abington may have based the illustrations on this earthenware pitcher on ones in an unidentified English edition of Stowe's novel, or they may be original designs. In any case, a molded cartouche on the base of the pitcher reads "Published by E. Ridgway & Abington|Hanley|January 1, 1853," and the scene of Eliza crossing the ice identifies it clearly as a "tomitude." The scene on the opposite side may be intended to represent either of the novel's two auction scenes (Chapters 12 and 30), although it does not closely resemble either. The handle (extreme right) is "decorated" with the image of a pleading slave.

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