This white jasper (stoneware) anti-slavery medallion was made by Josiah Wedgwood and Sons in England in about 1840. Josiah Wedgwood had many interests beyond pottery and was active in social reform. He helped form the Society for the Abolition of the Slave Trade and made these medallions to publicise the cause. Modelled by William Hackwood in 1787, its motto ‘Am I not a man and a brother’, was adopted by the abolition campaign.
While porcelain continued to play an important role in fashionable ...
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