[Design advertising Allsopps Pale Ale, with allegorical illustrations of the brewing process and profile heads representing the continents]
Etching on india, very scarce; sheet 205 x 200mm (8 x 7¾"). Trimmed inside platemark on one side; taped to backing sheet at edges; tear inside platemark.
Reversed design advertising Allsopps Patent Pale Ale, with illustrations of putti 'picking', 'brewing', 'drinking' and 'exporting'. The profile heads representing the four continents atest to the global reach of the company. Samuel Allsop and Sons, brewing giants of Burton-on-Trent, exported pale ale to India fom 1822 and became a spectacularly successful Victorian firm (the world's third largest brewery in the 1870s). A label attached to the backing sheet reads 'W.T. Copeland. Seen on a change-well for a shop or public house counter', suggesting the involvement of pottery manufacturer William Taylor Copeland (1797-1868) and possibly linking the design to use on ceramics. The image could have been printed onto transfer paper and then onto ceramics, reversing the image again so it reads the right way around.
[Ref: 33744] £140.00