Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University

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Slave Trade,

Mezzotint on off-white laid paper

Print impression quality: Fair, generally worn

Dimensions (Plate): 481 x 655 mm (18.9 x 25.8 in.)

Inscribed: “Engraved by J.R. Smith Mezzotinto Engraver to his Royal Highness the Prince of Wales / Lo! The poor Captive with distraction wild / Views his dear Partner torn from his embrace. / A different Captain buys his Wife and Child—/ What time can from his Soul such ills erase?“; “24 March 1814 by S. Morgan”

Edition: Published 1 February 1791 by J. R. Smith, King Street, Covent Garden

Accession number: 1997.16.1

Friends of the Davison Art Center funds, 1997

Provenance / Collectors' marks: From a collection in southern Germany that descended in the family of an eighteenth-century collector of more than 3,000 English prints; purchased through Nigel Talbot, Grosvenor Prints, on auction at Sotheby’s, 13 November 1997.

Bibliography: Smith cat. no. 244; Frankau 321; Wax (1990), 82.

Work Type: print

Related Works: Companion to “African Hospitality,” DAC 1997.16.2. The related painting was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1788 (201), as “Execrable human traffick, or the affectionate slaves”; the print was exhibited at the Society of Artists in 1790 with Morland’s African Hospitality (see DAC 1997.16.2). Morland’s paintings are in the Menil Collection, Houston. Undated stipple engravings after these two prints, by “la Cit[oyen]ne Rollet” (DAC), were published in Paris by Depeuille.

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