William Wilberforce Esqr. M.P.
London published April 18th 1820 by J. Slater. No. 70 Newman Street.
Mezzotint 250 x 355mm. Foxed, centre crease, good margins.
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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