William Wilberforce (1759-1833)

George Richmond, RA (1809-1896)



17 1/4 in. x 13 in. (438 mm x 330 mm)

National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London, NPG 4997

Here is the great Evangelical abolitionist who, as the son of a monied Hull merchant, had pursued a political career and had been MP for Hull since 1780, right up until 1825. But he sat for George Richmond in the last year of his life, when his always poor health was further deteriorating.

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