|Plate featuring Epsom Racecourse on Derby Day 1847|
I know what you are thinking: can there possibly be a Spode connection? Yes, there is. A great design which features Epsom Racecourse on Derby Day!
|Plate, detail of the Epsom stand|
It is fitting the design was produced at Spode under the ownership of W. T. Copeland as, amongst his many interests, he was a racehorse owner and breeder. One of his horses was called Prime Warden unashamedly celebrating the fact he served as Prime Warden of Goldsmiths' Company. I wonder if he had a horse running at Epsom that year?
The pattern was printed underglaze in green on earthenware with the pretty border design of Field Sports pattern.