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Thomas Clarkson (1760-1846), Slavery abolitionist

Sitter in 11 portraits
Thomas Clarkson devoted his life to abolitionism. His An Essay on the Slavery and Commerce of the Human Species (1786) brought him into association with Granville Sharp, William Wilberforce and other opponents of slavery; Clarkson joined them in forming a society for the abolition of the slave trade. He visited British ports to collect facts for his pamphlet A Summary View of the Slave Trade and of the Probable Consequences of Its Abolition (1787), and the evidence that he gathered was used in the antislavery campaign led by Wilberforce in Parliament. In 1807, a bill for the abolition of the slave trade finally was passed, and the next year Clarkson's two-volume history of the trade was published.

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Thomas Clarkson

by Carl Frederik von Breda
oil on canvas, 1788
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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
NPG 599

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Thomas Clarkson

by John Young, after Carl Frederik von Breda
mezzotint, published 1789
NPG D33312

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Thomas Clarkson

after Alfred Edward Chalon
mezzotint, (1824)
NPG D1468

D33313

Thomas Clarkson

by Charles Turner, after Alfred Edward Chalon
mezzotint, published 1828
NPG D33313

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Thomas Clarkson

by John Cochran, after Samuel Lane
stipple engraving, published 1836
NPG D2085

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Thomas Clarkson

by Thomas Anthony Dean, after Henry Room
stipple engraving, published 1839
NPG D33314

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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)
NPG D23546

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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)
NPG D20516

D9338

Heroes of the Slave Trade Abolition

by Unknown artist
wood engraving, mid-late 19th century
NPG D9338

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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)
NPG D32033