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Sources of Printed designs

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Prints on pottery are rarely the product of a potter's or an engraver's imagination.  There is usually a source design which the pottery manufacturer thinks will make a profitable pattern and which the engraver can use as a prototype.

Most sources used by engravers are prints, which in turn derive from portraits, paintings, book illustrations or document details.

Finding the ultimate source of a blue printed design is challenging. Popular prints were issued in many editions and over a number of years.

To see a visual index of source prints that relate to patterns click here