[Abolitionist plaque]: How Sweet Is Liberty

[No place: circa 1825?].

Price: $3,500.00

Unbound. Small embossed paper mache(?) or embossed card illustration plaque of the figure of a kneeling slave painted in black, white, and blue, which is surrounded by an oval metal frame that is hand painted in gold and lavender with the sentiment "How Sweet Is Liberty" surrounding the image; which is in turn mounted in a round marble frame. Unexamined out of the frame (the figure and surround are partially sealed into the frame with plaster), the figure appears near fine, the metal surround has some rubbing and is very good, the marble is moderately chipped and worn.

One of many keepsakes featuring this kneeling figure which were popular with abolitionists starting around 1800 until the outright abolition of slavery in that country and its colonies in 1834. The image, sometimes called "Hercules Subdued", was designed as the seal of the Society for Effecting the Abolition of the Slave Trade, and was widely distributed as a cameo by abolitionist and manufacturer Josiah Wedgwood.


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[Abolitionist plaque]: How Sweet Is Liberty
[Abolitionist plaque]: How Sweet Is Liberty