Geb. zu Stockholm i. J. 1746. Gestorbl. zu Paris.
[Weimar: n.d., c.1808.]
Stipple with large margins. Plate 140 x 90mm (5½ x 3½").
Carl Bernhard Wadström (1746-1799), Swedish traveller and slavery abolitionist active in England. In 1787 King Gustaf III of Sweden sent an expedition under Wadström to Guinea to find a suitable location for a colony. In 1789 he publish 'Observations on the Slave Trade, and a Description of some part of the Coast of Guinea', with the purpose of “exposing to the world the atrocious acts committed in that part of the globe to which I have been eye-witness'. However he was vocal in his support of repatriation of poor blacks to Sierra Leone: in his 'An Essay on Colonization' (1794) he wrote 'it was necessary they should be sent somewhere, and be no longer suffered to invest the streets of London', showing a less charitable side. After the failure of a cotton factory in Manchester Wadström relocated to France, becoming a citizen and a leading member of the French abolition society, receiving a state funeral in 1799. The portrait was published in 'Allgemeine Geographische Ephemeriden' (Universal Geographical Ephemerides (i.e. encyclopedia)) by Friedrich Bertuch et al.
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