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Slave Trade. (and) African Hospitality.

  • ARTIST: George Morland

  • PUBLISHER: Published by J.R. Smith, London.

  • MEDIUM: Mezzotint engravings, printed in color and finished by hand.

    DATE: 1791.

  • EDITION SIZE: Average image size, 17 3/8 x 24 1/4" (44.2 x 61.5 cm).

  • DESCRIPTION: African Hospitality depicts the kindness of Africans helping a shipwrecked European family. The Slave Trade depicts brutality of the Europeans separating a family. George Morland was better known as a British painter of landscapes and sentimental rural scenes. This image was probably inspired by the work of a poet friend who wrote on the wrongs of slavery. The focus is in keeping with the other work of the artist, with a strong emotional element focused towards the growing abolitionist movement. Both prints were engraved by John Raphael Smith, the brother-in-law, the artist George Morland. Possibly proofs before title.

  • ADDITIONAL INFO: Sold as a pair.

  • CONDITION: Fair condition only. Both cut to image and mounted on 1-ply rag board.