Granville Sharp, author and slavery abolitionist: 1809
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Granville Sharp. Head and shoulders portrait of Granville Sharp (1735-1813), author and slavery abolitionist. Sharp is depicted seated and looking right in profile. He is wearing a buttoned jacket, a necktie and he has his hair tied back with his hair curled at side over ear. One of the first Europeans to adopt the cause of the abolition of slavery, Sharp was instrumental in bringing about the Somerset Case, which resulted in the important Mansfield Judgement of 1772. A founder member of the Society for the Abolition of the Slave Trade in 1787, he was also responsible with Clarkson and Wilberforce for the attempted establishment of the Sierra Leone colony in 1786.
1809 AD - 1809 AD