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Ref  LF1   Britannia Set Me Free

A rare abolition of slavery plaque, circa 1800. A wax figure of a slave in chains supplicates before Britannia, with a slave ship in the background. The image adapts the iconic design of the kneeling slave with the motto, 'Am I not a man and a brother?' first produced as a jasperware medallion by Wedgwood in 1787-88. The slave motif appeared on plaques, jewellery and ceramics which were sold to further the cause. This example is rare and very fine with a verre églomisé surround and within a gilt frame. Diameter 7 and 1/4 inches. The slave is finely modelled and large, almost as large as Britannia, which is unusual. A fascinating piece of history.

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similar plaque in Wilberforce House, Hull Museum
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