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    [19th Century Depictions of Slavery]. Nos. 43 and 60 of McLean's Monthly Sheets of Caricatures; or The Looking Glass. One and a half pages, 10.75" x 15.5" (full sheet), 10.75" x 6.75" (half sheet). London: Thomas McLean. Half sheet, No. 43, July 1, 1833, depicts "The happy free labourers of England" and "The wretched slaves in the West Indies". Full sheet, No. 60, December 1, 1834, depicts "Free Labour: State of the West Indies", "More Work for the Schoolmaster", and "A Late Inquiry; or Sifting the Cinders".

    Thomas McLean (1788-1875) was a British print dealer, famous for his publication of satirical political caricatures. Robert Seymour (1798-1836), most famous for with illustration work in Charles Dickens' The Pickwick Papers, had been invited by McLean in 1830 to produce illustrations for his monthly caricature magazine, Looking Glass. The magazine was filled with political satire during a period of great reform in Great Britain. The 1830s saw changes to child labor laws through the passage of Factory acts, and the slave trade was abolished by 1833. Up until his death six years later, McLean and Seymour produced hundreds of caricatures related to the changing times within England and her colonies.

    Condition: Lightly toned, minimal paper loss at edges does not affect illustrations.

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