William Hart Coleridge. D.D.Lord Bishop of Barbados and the Leeward Islands.
Mezzotint with very large margins, platemark 505 x 355mm (19¾ x 14"). Proof impression of private plate.
William Hart Coleridge (1789-1849), bishop of Barbados and the Leeward Islands, and son of Samuel Taylor Coleridge's brother Luke Herman Coleridge. Coleridge was consecrated bishop of Barbados and the Leeward Islands in 1824. He worked closely with the Society for the Propogation of the Gospel in trying to improve the spiritual condition of the congregation. Coleridge continued in his position through the emancipation of slaves, resigning only due to ill health in 1842, after which his large diocese was divided, with Barbados, Antigua and Guiana becoming separate sees. Engraved after the portrait by Thomas Phillips, exhibited in 1825 and now at Christ Church, Oxford (where he studied). Coleridge stands beside a table on which rests a volume showing views of Codrington College, Barbados. Codrington College was managed by the Society for the Propogation of the Gospel, and Coleridge was involved in its reorganization. The Codrington estates were worked by slaves, who were only gradually emancipated from 1830 onwards.
Ex: Collection of the Late Hon. C. Lennox-Boyd; W 58 iii/iv; for Codrington College see ref. 8116.
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