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87/847 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. Click to enlarge.

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

Made c 1787

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.

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Summary

Object No.

87/847

Object Statement

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

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

Dimensions

Height

30 mm

Width

27 mm

Depth

3 mm

Production

Made

c 1787

Source

Credit Line

Purchased 1987

Acquisition Date

16 July 1987

Cite this Object

Harvard

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 2018, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 24 March 2019, <https://ma.as/78929>

Wikipedia

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