- Museum number
- Object: A Forcible Appeal for the Abolition of the Slave Trade
Satire on slavery; a scene in the Caribbean with two slaves tied to palm trees being flogged by black overseers while a well-dressed white woman looks on. 2 April 1792
- Production date
Height: 387 millimetres
Width: 508 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- The print, evoking sympathy for enslaved Africans by showing their cruel treatment at the hands of plantation owners, was published on 2 April 1792, the day of William Wilberforce's first motion for the abolition of the slave trade which was passed only after an amendment calling for abolition to be gradual.
The scene appears to have been inspired by Agnes McLehose's visit to Jamaica early in 1792 and her disgust at the mistreatment of her husband's slaves.
See also 2007,7058.2 and 2007,7058.3.
An impression in the Bibliothèque nationale, Paris, was recorded by Alexander.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2008 Jan-Mar, BM Gallery 90 display
2014, Sep-Dec, BM, Camden School for Girls display, Patterns of Power: the art of geography
- Associated events
- Associated Event: Bill for the Abolition of the Slave Trade 2 April 1792
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- See 2007,7058.2
- Prints and Drawings
- Registration number