[William Wilberforce Esqr.]
[Published by William Finden, 1807.]
Copper engraving. Proof before letters, rare in this state. 349 x 274mm. 13¾ x 10¾"
William Wilberforce [1759 - 1833], was an evangelical Christian and social reformer who dedicated himself to the 'suppression of the Slave Trade and the reformation of manners'. He entered Parliament in 1780 as a Tory MP and was the Parliamentary leader of the Abolition movement from 1787. After years of campaigning, Wilberforce's bill to end Britain's part in slave trading was passed to a standing ovation in 1807. A further act of 1833 provided for the emancipation of slaves in British colonies.
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