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MORLAND, George. [A French edition of Morland's famous anti-slavery scene]
[Traite des Nêgres.] Paris: François Jules Gabriel Depeuille, c.1794. Stipple engraving, proof before title. Sheet 385 x 475mm.
A scene highlighting the brutality of the slave trade, with a family being split up by different slave traders on an African beach. The painting by George Morland is regarded as the first painting to record a slave trading scene; when it was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1788 it gave a substantial boost to the Abolitionist cause only a year after the founding of the 'Society for the Abolition of the Slave trade', and nearly two decades before Britain banned the slave trade. Revolutionary France abolished slavery in her colonies in 1794 but it was reintroduced by Napoleon in 1802; it was finally banned after the 1848 revolution. This French version, engraved by Rollet in stipple, was copied from the mezzotint by John Raphael Smith, published in 1791 with a pair, 'African Hospitality', which showed natives rescuing Europeans from a shipwreck.
[Ref: 18413]    £950.00 ($1,215 • €1,096 rates)


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