Staffordshire figure, "Uncle Tom", c. 1852
Staffordshire figure, "Uncle Tom", depicting Uncle Tom standing in striped trousers and low cut shirt with gilt collar, his right hand on a book which is on a package, his hat at his right foot. Titled on the base in gilt script.
Harriet Beecher Stowe's "Uncle Tom's Cabin" was first published as a serial in the abolitionist newspaper, "The National Era" and in book form in 1852. It sold nearly a half million copies in the United States and almost as many in England, inspiring at least 15 Staffordshire figures. This small, dignified model is among the rarest of the group.
 P. D. Gordon Pugh, "Staffordshire Portrait Figures and Allied Subjects of the Victorian Era" (Woodbridge, Suffolk: Antique Collectors' Club Ltd., 1992) 204-209.
England c. 1852
2.75" x 2.25" x 8.75" high
Condition: Excellent condition- no chips, cracks or repairs. Glaze crackle as expected.
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