Mar 29, 2018 - Sale 2471

Sale 2471 - Lot 53

Price Realized: $ 1,750
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 500 - $ 750
(SLAVERY AND ABOLITION.) Ducôte, Alfred; engraver. An Emancipated Negro. Lithograph, 14 x 10 1/2 inches; minor foxing, mount remnants at corners on recto. [London]: Thomas McLean, 1833

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This print was issued as part of the debate over the United Kingdom's Slavery Abolition Act of 1833, which ended slavery throughout the British empire. It depicts an emaciated man desperately hunting an insect, exclaiming "Food!!!" Supporters of slavery would sometimes pretend to show concern that freed slaves would face starvation. The Victoria & Albert Museum credits the original artist as famed caricaturist George Cruikshank, though his name does not appear in the print.