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The Captive Slave

Michael Graham-Stewart collection

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Collection Michael Graham-Stewart collection, Special collections
Gallery locationNot on display
PeopleMaker: Finden, Edward Francis
Maker: Simpson, after P.
Publisher: Smith, Elder & Co

Object details:

Object ID ZBA2779
Description Published by Smith, Elder & Co. 65 Cornhill. The artist inscription on this print is wrong in that the original oil from which it was taken is a very unusual one by John Simpson (1782–1847). The black mancled figure wears what looks almost like a modern one-piece overall in rich orange fabric. The painting was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1827 where it is practically Simpson's only subject picture rather than of a named sitter, and in 2008 was acquired from a British dealer by the Art Institute of Chicago. There is also a large version, now considered to be a copy by an unidentified hand, in the Wilberforce House Museum in Hull. Simpson did have a son called Philip, also a portrait painter who worked with his father, which might explain the confusion if the print was done from a copy he may have supplied. Part of the Michael Graham-Stewart slavery collection. [PvdM 6.08]
Date made After 1827

Artist/Maker Finden, Edward Francis
Simpson, after P.
Smith, Elder & Co
Simpson, P.
Smith, Elder & Co.
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Michael Graham-Stewart Slavery Collection. Acquired with the assistance of the Heritage Lottery Fund
Materials engraving
Measurements Sheet: 107 mm x 82 mm; Image: 84 mm x 67 mm
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