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Oil Painting - Joseph Sturge - Portrait of Joseph Sturge (1793-1859)

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1978V796
Collection:Topographical Views
Date:1800 - 1850

Maker Information

Artist: Alexander Rippingille - View biography for Alexander Rippingille


The painting depicts Joseph Sturge, founder of the British and Foreign Anti-Slavery Society, who moved to Birmingham in 1822. His right hand rests on the shoulder of a young black girl, beside him is his bible and a parchment scroll bearing the inscription 'Emancipation'. The picture refers to his significant role in the campaign for the abolition of slavery. The society he founded still exists today as Anti-Slavery International and continues his aims to end all forms of slavery.

Presented by The Society of Friends, 1978.

Further Information

Production Period:19th century
Medium:Oil on canvas.

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Height:1270 mm
Width:1015 mm