Woolwork picture

Anti-slavery woolwork picture. The central image depicts a kneeling African in black and grey. Although produced in a domestic context, not for distribution, it shows how widespread abolitionist imagery had become in Britain in the early 19th century. The iconic motif of an enslaved African begging for freedom, was originally an abolitionist design for ceramics by Josiah Wedgwood and his craftsmen, but soon appeared in all sorts of other forms.

Object Details

ID: ZBA2840
Collection: Textiles
Type: Woolwork picture
Display location: Not on display
Date made: circa 1820
Exhibition: The Atlantic: Slavery, Trade, Empire; Enslavement and Resistance
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Measurements: Overall: 323 x 353 mm

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