A pastoral scene of what appears to be a
canal due to the elevation, beyond the far
embankment appears a thatched roof which clearly
is below water level. Altogether an encompassing
view with thatched cottage, village church and
boatman tending his boat in the foreground.
Transfer printed from an engraving almost
certainly by L T Swetnam (Wise died two years
before the series was introduced) and in a good
shade of blue on white, given the theme of the
series being water blue is perhaps the most
appropriate colour for printing. Of those from
the series seen this view appears to be less
common although I don't believe all have been
recorded in modern times and old records of this
series prove elusive. A rare series, don't be
put off that we have a few on the site it is
merely because over the last few years we have
been seeking them out for research.
'Waterside Architecture' is probably the last
6" x 6" landscape series that Mintons China
Works produced and the only one I have seen in
post 1900 catalogues. The theme apparently is of
waterways and pools with man-made structures
nearby which include bridges, mills, towers etc,
I can recall seeing maybe eight or ten so
presumably a series of twelve but they don't
come along very often. A great series to collect
or a great gift for the fisherman!
Pattern number 2475 will date the series'
introduction to early 1891, pattern number 2469
is also of waterside architecture views (eg
Warwick Castle) but in 6" x 12" and 12" x 6"
Verso perfectly clean, embossed Mintons