David Drake (Dave the Potter), American, 1800/01 - 1870s
Possibly made at the John or Abner Landrum Potteries, Horse Creek Valley or Pottersville, Edgefield District, South Carolina


about 1825-1840

Stoneware with a light, grayish-green alkaline glaze

Overall: 14 1/2 × 8 11/16 × 8 1/4 in. (36.8 × 22 × 21 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Purchased through the Katharine T. and Merrill G. Beede 1929 Fund



Place Made: United States, North America


19th century

Object Name


Research Area

Decorative Arts

Not on view


Signed (incised), on shoulder: Dave; impressed, near base: c [rotated on its end]

Course History

ENGL 52.3, AAAS 82.5, COCO 3.1, Dave the Potter: Slavery Between Pots and Poems, Michael Chaney, Spring 2017

HIST 9.01, America: From Invasion to Independence, Paul Musselwhite, Fall 2019

Exhibition History

American Art, Colonial to Modern, Israel Sack Gallery and Rush Family Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, January 26, 2019-September 12, 2021.

This Land: American Engagement with the Natural World, Rush Family Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth, Hanover, New Hampshire, January 5–July 22, 2022.

Publication History

John R. Stomberg, The Hood Now: Art and Inquiry at Dartmouth, Hanover, New Hampshire: Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, 2019, p. 112, ill. plate no. 43.


Private collection, dates unknown; Crocker Farm, Inc., Stoneware Auction, lot no. 441, Sparks, Maryland, October 22, 2016; sold to present collection, 2016.

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