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At the time Gillray was producing his prints William Wilberforce was working for the abolition of the slave trade. Barbarities in the West Indias (D12417) was published just days after the incident shown was mentioned during the parliamentary debate on Wilberforce's motion. Anti-saccharrites, or - John Bull and his family leaving off the use of sugar (D12446) reflects a movement to boycott sugar as a protest against the slave trade, but Gillray suggests that the King and Queen adopt this measure out of miserliness rather than concern for slaves. The Bengal levee (D13079) includes a host of caricatured attendees at one of Governor-General Cornwallis’s weekly levees at Government House, Calcutta. It is inscribed 'from an Original Drawing made on the spot, by an Amateur'.

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'Guy Vaux'
by James Gillray, published by William Humphrey
published circa June 1782
NPG D12324

'A modern antique'
probably by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
published 26 November 1782
NPG D12325

Lady Cecilia Johnston ('St Cecilia')
by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
published 24 April 1782
NPG D12326

'Une femme d'esprit'
by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
published 22 June 1795
NPG D12327

'A warm birth for the old administration'
by James Gillray, published by William Humphrey
published 2 April 1783
NPG D12332

'The lord of the vineyard'
by James Gillray, published by William Humphrey
published 3 April 1783
NPG D12333

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