(1730 – 1795)
0.88 x 0.75 in. (2.22 x 1.91 cm)
Medium and Support:
18th century Wedgewood Black Basalt or 18th Century Jasperware Porcelain or basalt
Gift of the Benjamin Ortiz and Victor P. Torchia Jr. Collection, 2021.
Bellarmine Hall Galleries, Print Case
This seal showing a kneeling enslaved African with the phrase "Am I not a man and a brother" became the ubiquitous image for 18th century British abolitionists movements. It is based on the design first created by Josiah Wedgewood and the Clapham Sect, a group of British Evangelical Christians dedicated to the ending of Britain's envolvement in the Transatlantic Slave Trade.
For information on how the contemporary artist, Roberto Visani, has responded to this imagery, please see the essay writen by Sara Reisman that accompanied the exhibition "Do It Yourself" in 2021
as well as object 2021.12.01 in our permanent collection.