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George Thompson (1804-1878), Slavery abolitionist

Sitter in 8 portraits
Widely known as a propagandist for the abolition of slavery in the British colonies. He made a series of lectures in 1833 that led to the creation of 'the Edinburgh Society for the abolition of slavery throughout the world'. The next year he travelled to the United States where he worked for the abolition of slavery with members of the American Anti-Slavery Society. He was instrumental in forming more than 300 abolitionist branch associations. However, his life was constantly in danger, and in 1835, he was forced to escape from Boston back to Britain. Thompson was also involved in the National Parliamentary Reform Association and was a member of the Anti-Corn Law League. He was an MP from 1847 until 1852.

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The Anti-Slavery Society Convention, 1840

by Benjamin Robert Haydon
oil on canvas, 1841
On display in Room 20 at the National Portrait Gallery
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George Thompson

by Harry Furniss
pen and ink, 1880s-1900s
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George Thompson

by Charles Turner, after George Evans
mezzotint, published 1842
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'The Abolition of the Slave Trade' (The Anti-Slavery Society Convention, 1840)

by John Alfred Vinter, after Benjamin Robert Haydon
lithograph, circa 1846-1864 (1841)
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'The Abolition of the Slave Trade' (The Anti-Slavery Society Convention, 1840)

by John Alfred Vinter, after Benjamin Robert Haydon
lithograph, circa 1846-1864 (1841)
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George Thompson

by Charles Turner, published by and after George Evans
mezzotint, published 12 November 1842
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George Thompson

by Charles Turner, published by and after George Evans
mezzotint, published 12 November 1842
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'The Abolition of the Slave Trade' (The Anti-Slavery Society Convention, 1840)

by John Alfred Vinter, after Benjamin Robert Haydon
lithograph, circa 1846-1864 (1841)
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