Please read my previous post first. Thanks to Ian Holmes for telling me about a bowl that recently appeared on eBay. The seller suggests that the transfer of the sailor beside the cannon depicts Jack Crawford. You can see why. Jack Crawford, the hero of Camperdown, shinned up the mast of HMS Venerable under intense gunfire and nailed back Admiral Vernon's flag, lest the enemy think the ship had surrendered. In the image below, the sailor is pointing upwards and climbing on a cannon, while two men in the background pull at a rope trying to hoist something – the flag?
For titled examples of transfers of Jack Crawford, see Ian's website. Aged 22, Jack generally looks more boyish than in the transfer above. He seems more heavily armed in this transfer than might be conducive to climbing. But the other elements might fit Jack Crawford (though why would he need to climb if the flag could be hoisted?). One of the commercial advantages of an untitled transfer is that it can be sold as whatever the buyer would like it to be. Perhaps 'E Towning' (see below) was Scottish or American and the pottery decided to restyle the transfer as Paul Jones? However, it's also possible the two men in the background were always hoisting the Jolly Roger, and that a pirate, with his finger raised, is just about to give the signal to fire.
Whatever the subject of the transfer, on the bowl it again pairs with the Sailor's Return (though it is impossible to say for certain from the photos whether the bowl and plaques come from the same transfer plate). Interestingly the bowl also has a view of the Wear Bridge.
At first I got excited, thinking I'd found another link between the transfers that appear on the larger sized plaques and John Carr. (See a similar transfer attributed to John Carr below left.) But in fact, the transfer on the bowl is more similar to the version that appears on Albion Pottery plaques (below right). Note the shading of the sails and the two lines of text in the title.
I'm not sure we are any further on. I'd love better photographs of the bowl if the new owner happens to be reading. That way we might be able to firm up the link with the Albion Pottery.
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