This lovely red (with shades of deep pink) and white transferware plate was made by Ralph Stevenson, one of the early Staffordshire potters. The R. S. mark used on this piece is dated to the period 1810-1832 by the Godden book of English pottery and porcelain makers. The plate is 9.5 inches in diameter and in beautiful condition. The pattern name is "Pastoral." The scene depicted is one of fishing. There are two adults with fishing poles and a third younger person reaching into the stream with a net. There are hills and trees in the background and this is indeed a pastoral scene. The border of the plate is gently scalloped and inside the border is a circular scene of detailed roses and dahlias. On page 514 of the book Staffordshire by Petra Williams the Pastoral scene is pictured and discussed, but it is different from this one. Quite clearly Stevenson used more than one image in this pattern. This is a wonderful early piece of English transferware.