Portrait of William Wilberforce and his wife Hannah by Joseph Highmore

The figures are shown three-quarter length in a landscape setting.


Oil on canvas
100 x 126 cm
Art Fund grant:
£500 ( Total: £1,100)
Acquired in:

The lady wears a yellow silk dress with white lace trimmings and a blue wrap; while the man, holding a letter, has a brown velvet coat, a white satin waistcoat, and lace cuffs. William Wilberforce was uncle to William Wilberforce, the emancipator. It was with this family that the young William went to live on the death of his father in 1768.


Wilberforce family, Leeds, until 1911.

Venue details

Wilberforce House 25 High Street, Hull East Yorkshire HU1 1NQ 01482 300300 www.hullcc.gov.uk/museums

Entry details

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