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Anne Knight

(1786-1862), Slavery abolitionist

Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue Entry

Sitter in 4 portraits
Anti-slavery abolitionist and champion of women’s rights, knight established the blueprint for suffragette and suffragist campaigns. In 1824, she published Immediate not Gradual Abolition, a pamphlet demanding the boycott of sugar grown on slave plantations and describing gradual abolition as ‘the very masterpiece of satanic policy’. Acland was outraged to discover that the World Anti-Slavery Convention of 1840 prevented women from speaking. Already a member of the Chelmsford Ladies’ Anti-Slavery Society, the event spurred on her campaigns. In 1847, her published letter on gender equality is considered to be the first leaflet on women's suffrage. In 1851 Acland formed the Sheffield Female Political Association, the first British organization to call for women’s suffrage.

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