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Slave Trade Abolished
Printed Auction 40 Lot 342

GREAT BRITAIN. William Wilberforce (1759-1833). Abolition of Slavery 1807. Bronze medal. 62.81 gm. 53 mm. By T. Webb. Bare head of William Wilberforce right; WILLIAM WILBERFORCE M.P. THE FRIEND OF AFRICA around / Britannia seated on a dais, three female allegorical figures beside, Victory flying above; I HAVE HEARD THEIR CRY on the edge of the platform; SLAVE TRADE ABOLISHED MDCCCVII in exegue below. BHM 627. Eimer 983 (£425 EF). FDC; high relief; bronzed.

From an American collection put together in the 1920s.

A long-term member of Parliament, he was the first to raise the issue of slavery in the House of Commons and he repeatedly introduced bills and lobbied for the abolition of slavery.

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