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Poughkeepsie Potters and the Plague, New York (Images of America Series)
     

Poughkeepsie Potters and the Plague, New York (Images of America Series)

by Georg Lukács
 

Folk art has long been a part of the cultural heritage of the Hudson River Valley.
The Hudson River school of painting traces its roots to the valley, as does a unique decorative style of stoneware—preserve pots and jugs with scenes of birds, flowers, and animals that were part of the potter’s life. While the Hudson River paintings, usually

Overview


Folk art has long been a part of the cultural heritage of the Hudson River Valley.
The Hudson River school of painting traces its roots to the valley, as does a unique decorative style of stoneware—preserve pots and jugs with scenes of birds, flowers, and animals that were part of the potter’s life. While the Hudson River paintings, usually commissioned by wealthy landowners, have achieved universal acclaim, the utilitarian stoneware, owned by even the least successful merchants and farmers, has been widely collected but little understood.
Poughkeepsie Potters and the Plague makes an important contribution toward an understanding of the stoneware tradition of the Hudson Valley. Based on years of research, it uncovers for the first time the significance of early stoneware production at Poughkeepsie and outlines its one-hundred-year history. Astonishingly, its early beginnings may be attributed to a series of yellow-fever epidemics that struck New
York City during the 1795–1805 period. These epidemics forced a migration of people away from the beleaguered city to places such as Poughkeepsie. Poughkeepsie
Potters and the Plague began with a dated butter pot that was made by the first stoneware potters of Poughkeepsie as a tribute to the epidemic victims of New York
City in 1798—a single piece of pottery transcending time and location to bring to life the historical triumph of the enduring human spirit.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738508719
Publisher:
Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date:
07/10/2001
Series:
Images of America Series
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
1,372,700
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.45(d)

Meet the Author


Author George Lukacs has collected, researched, and studied Hudson Valley stoneware for more than fifteen years. In Poughkeepsie Potters and the Plague, he combines his knowledge and skill in identifying significant artifacts and his dedicated pursuit of history with a stunning collection of nearly two hundred photographs and illustrations. The owner of an antiques business, he displays each August products manufactured in Dutchess County at the Dutchess County Fair, where he and fellow members of the Century Museum Village & Collectors Association present living history demonstrations, which are viewed and appreciated by thousands.

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