The Collections


Created: 10.06.19


  • Name
  • Artist / Maker
  • Date made
  • ID
  • Phillips, James
    The slave ship 'Brooks'

    This is a late variant of the well-known and widely copied set of stowage plans of the Liverpool slave ship 'Brooks', first published in 1789 (see ZBA2745). The Liverpool ship, the ‘Brooks’, was used in the slave trade in 1781.…

  • Heath, James
    William Wilberforce, 1759-1833

    William Wilberforce (1759–1833) was born into a merchant family in Hull. He studied at Cambridge University, where he befriended the future prime minister, William Pitt. Wilberforce was elected MP for Hull in 1780 and for Yorkshire in 1784. By 1787…

  • Lobel, G.
    circa 1840
    Thomas Clarkson, 1760-1846

    Portrait of Thomas Clarkson holding a scroll, which reads ‘Slavery abolished, Jamaica August 1st 1838’. Clarkson (1760–1846) was born in Wisbech. While at Cambridge University he won a Latin essay competition on the subject of whether it was lawful to…

  • Infant School Society Depository
    circa 1820
    'Planting the Sugar-Cane'

    Clark’s image shows nothing of the suffering of the enslaved and, if taken at face value, gives quite the wrong impression of conditions on Caribbean plantations. Slaves prepared the soil, planted and cut the cane (which grew up to 15…

  • Smith, John Raphael
    'Slave Trade'

    Morland exhibited the original oil painting from which this print is derived, ‘Execrable human traffick, or the affectionate slaves’, at the Royal Academy in 1788. It illustrates how pervasive the question of the abolition of the slave trade had become…

  • Orme, Daniel
    Olaudah Equiano or Gustavus Vassa the African

    Frontispiece from Olaudah Equiano’s self-published book ‘The Interesting Narrative of the life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African’ (London, 1789). It is the only securely attributed image that we have of Equiano. The book went through eight editions…

  • Unknown
    circa 1805
    A Negro Woman's Lamentation

    The engraving depicts an African woman kneeling beneath a palm tree with broken chains before on the ground; she holds a Bible to her breast. The caption reads: ‘This book tell man not to be cruel; oh that massa would…

  • Woollery, Edward
    circa 1800
    Elevation and Plan of an Improved Sugar Mill

    A plate from Bryan Edwards, ‘The history, civil and commercial, of the British colonies in the West Indies’ (3rd edition, London, 1801). Sugar was the main crop of the Caribbean islands. Sugar plantations were more than just large farms. In…

  • Unknown
    circa 1800
    'Trelawney Town, the Chief Residence of the Maroons'

    Etching entitled 'Trelawney Town, the Chief Residence of the Maroons' published in 'The History, Civil and Commercial, of the British Colonies in the West Indies' by Bryan Edwards (1801). The Maroons formed two distinct communities in the mountains of central…

  • Brunais, Agostino
    circa 1800
    Pacification with the Maroon Negroes

    Etching entitled 'Pacification with the Maroon Negroes/ Drawn from the life by Agostino Brunais. From an original painting in the possession of Sir William Young Bart F.R.S.'. Taken from 'The History, Civil and Commercial, of the British Colonies in the…

  • Gabriel Bray
    January-February 1775
    'A View of the Fort at Senegal taken from the Road, Feb 75' [Bray album]

    No. 59 of 74 (PAJ1976 - PAJ2049) Titled and dated as above on the tag of a backing sheet, and signed 'AVprGB' (to the life by Gabriel Bray). The British fort at the mouth of the Senegal River was the…

  • Gabriel Bray
    circa 1775
    Head of a West African woman in left profile [Bray album]

    No. 57 of 74 (PAJ1976 - PAJ2049) A drawing of a West African woman's head, presumably from one of Bray's 'Pallas' voyages of 1775-76. Bray clearly had an artistic interest in elaborate hairstyles, both European and African, of which this…

  • Condy, Nicolas Matthew
    The celebrated piratical slaver 'L'Antonio', with others of the Black Craft lying in the Bonny River

    Published by Edward Ranesden. Part of the Michael Graham-Stewart slavery collection.

  • Deroi
    Porteurs d'eau

    Published by Engelmann & Co. Part of the Michael Graham-Stewart slavery collection.

  • Nousveaux, Edouard-Auguste
    circa 1845
    Fabrication de l'huile palme à Whydah, coate Oxidentale, Afrique

    The French artist Edouard Auguste Nousveaux visited Senegal in West Africa between 1842 and 1845. Upon his return to France, he exhibited a series of West African views at the Paris Salon in 1845-47. This watercolour shows the production of…

  • Prestell, Catherine
    A View taken near BAIN, on the Coast of Guinea in Affrica. Dedicated to the FEELING HEARTS in all Civilized Nations

    Drawn by Richard Westall from a sketch taken in Africa by Carl Bernhard Wadstrom. It is a relatively unusual image on two grounds. First, for its relatively unusual focus on the role of Africans who worked with European slave traders,…

  • Unknown
    circa 1850
    Slave sale poster

    A sale poster listing the buildings and slaves included in the sale. An inscription on the reverse reads: ‘An original ‘announcement’ of a sale of slaves in the West. Given to me by a gentleman (Mr Bray) returned from a…

  • Beestheemskerck, van
    Suriname. Een Plantaadge Slavenkamp

    Published by F. Buffa & Zonen, Amsterdam. Part of the Michael Graham-Stewart slavery collection.

  • British School
    Carolina Slaver (afterwards HMS 'Fawn') captured by 'Electra' with 350 Slaves on board

    Part of the Michael Graham-Stewart slavery collection.

  • Unknown
    February 1843
    A Man of Colour, and a Native of Jamaica

    This broadside tells the life story of Samuel Sharpe, which he sold to fund his passage to Jamaica. It includes graphic detail of his experiences as a slave and his conversion to Christianity. At the top of the page is…