A sampling of the art tiles reflecting Pennsylvania history and
handcrafts created by Henry Mercer at his turn of the century Moravian
Pottery and Tile Works at Doylestown, PA. These are just some of the
nearly 400 that are installed in the main floor of the Pennsylvania
State Capitol in Harrisburg.
Read more here:
If you are near Harrisburg, it is worth a quick stop (as I made) to find parking and run inside for a quick look at these. The receptionist in the rotunda will be glad to get you started, and the bookshop, in the East Wing (I didn't get there) has the guidebook available.
and see the suggested reading at the end of the Wikipedia entry, re
the Guidebook. A few are available for sale here:
I ordered a guidebook! It is a facsimile of the one first published by
Mercer in 1908.
Here's what I tells me about the above scenes, l to r, top to bottom.
1) #134: Conestoga Wagon.
2) #94: House Fly.
3) #83: Bear Trap.
4 #67: Paring Apples.
Each entry in the book gives a multi-sentence descriptive history of what one sees in the tile--all these written and published by Henry Mercer himself.