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[Pearlware mug with transfer-printed vignette depicting a slave auction with accompanying text from William Cowper's The Negro's Complaint.]
1830. WITH TEXT FROM WILLIAM COWPER'S THE NEGRO'S COMPLAINTPearlware mug measuring 67 by 72mm. Transferware printed decoration, some slight wear to extremities. [England, c. 1830].A powerful example of abolitionist imagery: here a depiction of a slave auction is accompanied by a verse from Cowper's seminal abolitionist poem, The Negro's Complaint.In the late 1780s, the abolitionist movement expanded its efforts from sermons and pamphlets to incorporate imagery that was useful in either demonstrating the horrors of slavery, or to emphasise the common humanity shared between all men and women. The two most famous images of the abolition campaign were the Description of the Slave Ship Brooks and Josiah Wedgwood's image of the kneeling African exclaiming, "Am I not a man and a brother?" The latter, appearing on plaques, wax seals, brooches etc, "marked the transition of what had hitherto been the Quaker cause of abolition into a national, even an international movement. The emblem of the campaign - designed by the master potter Josiah Wedgwood, a committed supporter - was an inspired piece of propaganda, worthy of the Roman Church, or of a modern political party" (Thomas). Other methods of publicity developed, for example, The Female Society for the Relief of British Negro slaves distributed albums of assorted abolitionist material among its member and, in the United States, no better example exists than the mass production of merchandise popularising Uncle Tom's Cabin in the 1850s.This mug features one of the most humiliating and ominous aspects of the slave trade, the slave a … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Maggs Bros Ltd [United Kingdom]
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