Isaac Tatem Hopper (1771-1852)
Plaster and wood
Overall: 11 1/4 x 9 7/8 x 1 1/2 in. ( 28.6 x 25.1 x 3.8 cm )
signed: back of relief: "S. Ellis" paper label: on back in ink: "Medallion Portrait/of/Isaac T Hopper/presented to the/Metropolitan Fair by/S. Ellis Sculptor/594 Broadway"
A native of New Jersey, the subject was a devout Quaker and an ardent abolitionist in his youth. He was deeply involved in the work of the Underground Railroad, and when he moved to New York City, in 1829, his assistance to runaway slaves continued. He was also interested in prison reform, and for a while was an agent of the Prison Association of New York; he was one of earliest workers for the reform of the penal system in America.
Gift of Miss Lena Cadwalader Evans
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