Mar 30, 2017 - Sale 2441

Sale 2441 - Lot 7

Price Realized: $ 688
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 1,000 - $ 1,500
(SLAVERY AND ABOLITION.) HUGGINS, W.J. The Black Joke, the Sybille and El Almirante. Hand-colored engraving after a painting by W. J. Huggins, representing three ships engaged in the slave trade, captured by the British. 18 x 23-1/2 inches; 2-1/2 inch closed tear to the right margin and a half inch closed tear at the top margin. London: W.J. Huggins, 1830

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These three ships engaged in the African slave trade (banned by the British in 1807) were captured by the British revenue cutters in the Bight of Benin. Clearly---as one can see---the trade continued to flourish in the hands of private individuals who would take the gamble, and pay for and outfit ships to make the three-stage trip from Liverpool or London to Africa to the West Indies.