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William Wilberforce (1759-1833), Philanthropist and reformer

Sitter associated with 31 portraits
An evangelical Christian and social reformer, Wilberforce 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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D12869

'Bruin in his boat, - or - the manager in distress'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 20 June 1806
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D37511

William Wilberforce

by James Heath, published by William Finden, published by John Hatchard, published by William Russell, after John Russell
line engraving, published 1807
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D12917

'Pandora opening her box'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching and aquatint, published 22 February 1809
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D12929

'The life of William Cobbett - written by himself. No 6'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 29 September 1809
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D15828

William Wilberforce

by Henry Edridge, published by T. Cadell & W. Davies, after Giovanni Vendramini
stipple engraving, published 27 October 1809
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D37513

William Wilberforce

by Edward Scriven, published by and after Joseph Slater
stipple engraving, published 10 April 1816
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D11346

William Wilberforce

by William Say, after Joseph Slater
mezzotint, published 18 April 1820
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D19023

William Wilberforce

by William Say, published by and after Joseph Slater
mezzotint, published 18 April 1820
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D32192

William Wilberforce

by Samuel Cousins, after George Richmond
mezzotint, published 1834 (1833)
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D9338

Heroes of the Slave Trade Abolition

by Unknown artist
wood engraving, mid-late 19th century
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D37510

William Wilberforce

published by Kings Town Photocodes Limited, after George Richmond, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
photographic reproduction, circa 1983 (1828)
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