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Anti-Slavery Society 1823


17 People in sitter grouping:

Britain's anti-slavery reforms can easily be seen as one of the country's key social movement's of the 19th century. Although abolitionist committees are recorded as early as 1787, it was the formation in 1823 of the Anti-Slavery Society (ASS), and its subsequent offshoots that brought about substantial change. The ASS, under its official name, The Society for the Mitigation and Gradual Abolition of Slavery throughout the British Domains, gave talks, petitioned and circulated pamphlets in the hope of rallying the British public together to pressure parliament into a process of abolition. However it was its more radical child body, The Agency Committee (1831), which would strive for full abolition of slavery, and would continue the work of the 1823 society after it closed, considering its aims reached with the implementation of the Slavery Abolition Act (1833) in 1838. Led by Joseph Sturge the new society would become known as the British and Foreign Anti Slavery Society (1839).

Thomas Clarkson

Thomas Clarkson

1760-1846
Slavery abolitionist
Sitter in 11 portraits
Thomas Denman, 1st Baron Denman

Thomas Denman, 1st Baron Denman

1779-1854
Lord Chief Justice
Sitter associated with 20 portraits
Samuel Gurney

Samuel Gurney

1786-1856
Philanthropist; known as 'The Banker's Banker'
Sitter in 8 portraits
Thomas Babington Macaulay, Baron Macaulay

Thomas Babington Macaulay, Baron Macaulay

1800-1859
Historian, poet and politician; MP for Calne, Leeds and Edinburgh
Sitter in 26 portraits
Granville Sharp

Granville Sharp

1735-1813
Scholar and philanthropist
Sitter in 7 portraits
Joseph Sturge

Joseph Sturge

1793-1859
Quaker and philanthropist
Sitter associated with 8 portraits
William Wilberforce

William Wilberforce

1759-1833
Philanthropist and reformer
Sitter associated with 33 portraits
William Allen

William Allen

1770-1843
Chemist and philanthropist
Sitter in 9 portraits
Charles William Wentworth Fitzwilliam, 3rd Earl Fitzwilliam

Charles William Wentworth Fitzwilliam, 3rd Earl Fitzwilliam

1786-1857
Politician; MP for several constituencies
Sitter in 4 portraits
Luke Howard

Luke Howard

1772-1864
Meteorologist
Sitter in 1 portrait
Zachary Macaulay

Zachary Macaulay

1768-1838
Philanthropist
Sitter in 1 portrait
Sir James Mackintosh

Sir James Mackintosh

1765-1832
Philosopher
Sitter in 9 portraits
Thomas Pringle

Thomas Pringle

1789-1834
Poet
Sitter in 1 portrait
Thomas Scales

Thomas Scales

1786-1860
Slavery abolitionist
Sitter in 4 portraits
James Stephen

James Stephen

1758-1832
Lawyer and slavery abolitionist
Sitter in 1 portrait