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The Slave Trade, Print 1791

'The Slave Trade', 1791 originally painted by G Morland. It shows two White men (probably plantation owners) buying a family of enslaved Africans. One is buying the man and the other is buying the woman and child, separating them from each other.

Print by John Raphael Smith, 1752–1812, after George Morland, 1763–1804.

The writing below the print reads "Lo' the poor Captive with distraction wild.

Views his dear Partner torn from his embrace!

A diffient Captain buys his Wife and Child_

What time can from his Soul such ills erase?

Image: Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection, B1978.43.283 | Public Domain