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Exhibition, Sat 21 Sep 2019 - Sun 19 Jan 2020, free entry


William Wilberforce by Sir Thomas Lawrence, 1828 ©

William Wilberforce by Sir Thomas Lawrence, 1828 ©

William Wilberforce by Sir Thomas Lawrence, 1828 © National Portrait Gallery, London.


Sir Thomas Lawrence’s famous portrait of William Wilberforce will be exhibited in Hull at the Ferens Art Gallery as part of a major project launched by the National Portrait Gallery. The COMING HOME project sees the National Portrait Gallery lend 50 portraits of iconic individuals to places across the UK with which they are most closely associated.

William Wilberforce was born in 1759, the son of a Hull merchant. In 1780, Wilberforce was elected MP for Hull, and through tireless efforts, became the parliamentary spokesperson for the British campaign to abolish Transatlantic Slavery.

As Wilberforce’s portrait will journey home, an accompanying exhibition will look at the journey of his legacy. Starting with Wilberforce, his life in Hull and his pivotal role in the Abolition campaign, the exhibition will explore how his memory has been celebrated in the City and inspired anti-slavery campaigner Salim Charles Wilson in the 1900s. The exhibition also includes a 2007 commission for Hull by Jamaican artist Keith Piper to mark the national bicentenary of the abolition of the Transatlantic Slave Trade.

The portrait will be on display in the Ferens Art Gallery together with works from the Ferens, and Wilberforce House Museum permanent collections.

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Event details

Dates Times
Sat 21 Sep 2019 - Sun 19 Jan 2020


Free entry

Events at this Venue

date event
Sat 21 Sep - Sun 19 Jan COMING HOME: William Wilberforce
Sat 17 Aug - Sun 5 Jan Reflection: British Art in an Age of Change



    Monument Buildings,
    Queen Victoria Square,
    HU1 3RA



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    • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
    • Gift shopGift shop
    • On-site cateringOn-site catering
    • Picnic sitePicnic site
    • Public toiletsPublic toilets
    • Children welcomeChildren welcome
    • Disabled accessDisabled access