David Barclay.Dies 28th May 1809 Aged 81.
Mezzotint, rare. Platemark: 335 x 250mm (13¼ x 9¾"). Trimmed to lower platemark. Creasing.
A portrait of David Barclay (1729–1809), in profile to the left with dark coat and curled wig. Barclay was an English Quaker merchant and banker. He is also known as a philanthropist and abolitionist. His legacy was as one of the founders of the present-day Barclays Bank. Barclay also traded with British colonial America, and had connections particularly in Pennsylvania. The firm David Barclay & Sons had connections with New York and Philadelphia merchants, and supplied the British military in North America. In addition Barclay was noted for freeing slaves he had inherited with an estate in Jamaica. He hired a vessel to take them to America. His agent for the transfer, William Holden, was instructed to take them to Philadelphia and deliver them as emancipated to John Ashley, Barclay's agent there. The Pennsylvania Abolition Society saw to the training of this group in manual trades and domestic service.
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