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87/847 Medallion, 'Am I not a man and a brother?', anti-slavery design, white jasper (stoneware), William Hackwood, Josiah Wedgwood & Sons, Etruria, Staffordshire, England, c. 1840. Click to enlarge.

Anti-slavery medallion made by Wedgwood

Made
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 …

Summary

Object No.

87/847

Object Statement

Medallion, 'Am I not a man and a brother?', anti-slavery design, white jasper (stoneware), William Hackwood, Josiah Wedgwood & Sons, Etruria, Staffordshire, England, c. 1840

Physical Description

Anti-slavery medallion, white jasper (stoneware) cameo with a figure of slave in black, Josiah Wedgwood and Sons/William Hackwood/Henry Webber, England, c 1840

Marks

'Am I not a man and a brother?' around edge of medallion
'WEDGWOOD' impressed on reverse

Dimensions

Height

30 mm

Width

27 mm

Depth

3 mm

Source

Credit Line

Purchased 1987

Acquisition Date

16 July 1987

Cite this Object

Harvard

Anti-slavery medallion made by Wedgwood 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 27 September 2021, <https://ma.as/78929>

Wikipedia

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