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Ignatius Sancho, 1729-80 (Print)
|Description||After a portrait by Thomas Gainsborough (1768; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa), this engraving was the frontispiece to 'Letters of Ignatius Sancho, an African, to Which Are Prefixed Memoirs of His Life,' ed. Joseph Jekyll (London, J. Nichols, 1782). The image may have originally been published by Sancho's son, however, since other copies bear the imprint 'W. Sancho, Charles Street, Westminster'. It also appears to have been reissued in 1802. Ignatius Sancho (1729–80) was born on a slave ship in the Atlantic. Orphaned at the age of two, he was taken to Britain where he was given to three sisters in Greenwich. A chance meeting with the Duke of Montagu (1690–1749) changed the young Sancho’s life. Montagu was taken by the child’s intelligence, and encouraged his education. After Montagu’s death in 1749, Sancho persuaded his widow to take him away from his mistresses, and she hired him as a butler. With the support of the Montagu family, Sancho established a grocery at 20 Charles Street, Westminster (ironically selling slave-produced commodities). His wealth and property secured him the vote. Sancho moved in, and corresponded with, a wide and influential social circle of nobles, actors, writers, artists and politicians. He was a supporter and patron of the arts, as well as being a composer in his own right. Sancho died in December 1780, and was the first African in Britain to receive an obituary. Part of the Michael Graham-Stewart slavery collection. [amended PvdM 10/11]|
|Credit||National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Michael Graham-Stewart Slavery Collection. Acquired with the assistance of the Heritage Lottery Fund|
|Measurements||Sheet: 128 mm x 97 mm; Image: 92 mm x 72 mm|
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