“The abolition of the slave trade Or the inhumanity of dealers in human flesh exemplified in Captn. Kimber’s treatment of a young Negro girl of 15 for her virjen (sic) modesty,” Attributed to Isaac Cruikshank, London: S.W Fores, April 10, 1792.

Catalogue of prints and drawings in the British Museum. Division I, political and personal satires, v. 6, no. 8079

Intending to evoke strong emotions of anger, pity, and activism, this print shows a sailor on a slave ship suspending an African girl by her ankle from a rope over a pulley. With an evil sneering smile, Captain John Kimber stands on the left with a whip in his hand. Anti-slavery activists used not only words but also images to exhibit the many horrors happening daily in the African slave trade so as to prompt those in power to take a stand against it.

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