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A slave ship (?)

ZBA2429
Oil paintings

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Collection Oil paintings, Fine art, Michael Graham-Stewart collection, Special collections
Gallery locationNot on display

Object details:

Object ID ZBA2429
Description A painting of a Liverpool based ship believed to be involved in the slave trade. It bears strong similarities to the same artist’s image, 'Liverpool Slave Ship', painted circa 1780, and now at the Merseyside Maritime Museum. There are a number of figures visible on deck, some are thought to be slaves and others slave masters and sailors. The precise circumstances of this painting are not clear, and it may have been commissioned for the Liverpool offices of a bank or merchant involved in slavery to present an acceptable view of the trade. This coincides with the moment when the abolitionist movement was beginning to pose a serious threat to such traffic.
Date made circa 1780

Artist/Maker Jackson, William
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Michael Graham-Stewart Slavery Collection. Acquired with the assistance of the Heritage Lottery Fund
Materials Oil on canvas
Measurements Frame: 1062 mm x 1363 mm x 65 mm;Painting: 880 x 1180 mm
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  • A slave ship (?) (ZBA2429)
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