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The gradual abolition off the slave trade or leaving of sugar by degrees

The gradual abolition off the slave trade or leaving of sugar by degrees

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Print shows George III sitting at a table with the Queen and two of his daughters, and the Queen's Keeper of the Robes, Juliana Elizabeth Schwellenbergen holding a bottle of "Brandy", discussing the use of sugar in moderation. Princess Elizabeth states that "of late I have been very moderate. But I must have a bit now & then"; while her sister would "rather want alltogether [sic] than have a small Piece". The title is a play on the words "of" and "off"; the "abolition" of "the slave trade or leaving" off "sugar by degrees."
Attributed to Isaac Cruikshank.
This record contains unverified data from George.
Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires preserved in the Department of Prints and Drawings in the British Museum / by Mary Dorothy George, v. 6, no. 8081
Forms part of: British Cartoon Prints Collection (Library of Congress).
Exhibited: "Revolution! The Atlantic World Reborn" at the New York Historical Society, New York, N.Y., 2011-2012.

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Cruikshank, Isaac, 1756?-1811?, artist


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