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Wendell Phillips

Artist
Edmonia Lewis, 4 Jul 1844 - 17 Sep 1907
Sitter
Wendell Phillips, 29 Nov 1811 - 2 Feb 1884
Date
1871
Type
Sculpture
Medium
Marble
Dimensions
Diameter: 46cm (18 1/8")
Frame: 64.1 × 64.1 × 6.4cm (25 1/4 × 25 1/4 × 2 1/2")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number
NPG.2012.89
Exhibition Label
A born orator, Wendell Phillips was a champion of the abolitionist movement. He joined the crusade publicly by attacking the pro-slavery forces responsible for the murder of civil rights fighter Elijah Lovejoy in 1837. After the Civil War, Phillips fought for the American labor, temperance, and women’s rights movements, and for the reform of policies regarding Native Americans.
Critically acclaimed sculptor Edmonia Lewis received support from patrons in the abolitionist movement who wished to foster the talents of African American artists. She is best known for her portraits of John Brown, William Lloyd Garrison, and Phillips.
Orador innato, Wendell Phillips fue un paladín del movimiento abolicionista. Asumió dicha cruzada públicamente denunciando a las fuerzas esclavistas responsables del asesinato del activista pro derechos civiles Elijah Lovejoy en 1837. Después de la Guerra Civil, Phillips luchó a favor del sector laboral y los derechos de las mujeres, contra el consumo de alcohol y por la reforma de las políticas que afectaban a los indígenas norteamericanos.
La elogiada escultora Edmonia Lewis recibió el apoyo de benefactores que pertenecían al movimiento abolicionista y deseaban fomentar el talento de los artistas afroamericanos. Se le conoce sobre todo por sus retratos de John Brown, William Lloyd Garrison y Phillips.
Provenance
Lee B. Anderson [1918-2010]; estate of Lee B. Anderson; (Doyle Auctions, September 12, 2012, lot 1127); purchased NPG 2012
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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