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William Wilberforce Esqr, 1759-1833

William Wilberforce Esqr, 1759-1833
© National Maritime Museum, London
Repro ID: E9117
Description: Wilberforce was an established politician when, in 1785, he took up the cause of slave trade abolition. Encouraged by Thomas Clarkson, Wilberforce was persuaded to take the case for abolition to the British parliament. He became famous across the world as the central abolitionist figure of the parliamentary campaign.
Creator: James Heath; after John Russell; William Fadon
Date: 1807
Credit line: National Maritime Museum, London, Michael Graham-Stewart slavery collection
National Maritime Museum/Royal Observatory GreenwichNew Opportunities Fund 
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