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'Slave Trade' is an engraving by J.R. Smith after the painting by George Morland. Set on an African coastline it depicts an African man being enslaved by European sailors. A possible African middleman is on the right. This scene was painted to create an emotional response from the viewing public and in support of the abolitionist movement against slavery. Morland's brother in law John Raphael Smith was also an accomplished engraver of his time and in particular with mezzotint, publishing them through his business at King Street, Covent Garden, as was the case with this engraving. Morland was an established British painter by the time he painted 'Slave Trade' in 1791 together with his companion painting of a similar subject 'African Hospitality'. The painting was possibly inspired by a contemporary poem about the ill trade of slavery.
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