C.H. Hodges engraver, After John Rising (1753 - 1817), William Wilberforce Esq.
C.H. Hodges engraver, After John Rising (1753 - 1817)
William Wilberforce Esq.
Published: London, 1791
Paper size: 16 ¼ x 21 ½”
An evangelical Christian and social reformer, Wilberforce dedicated himself to the 'suppression of the Slave Trade and the reformation of manners'. He entered Parliament in 1780 as a Tory MP and was the Parliamentary leader of the Abolition movement from 1787. After years of campaigning, Wilberforce's bill to end Britain's part in slave trading was passed to a standing ovation in 1807. A further act of 1833 provided for the emancipation of slaves in British colonies.
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