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Richard Ansdell (1815–1885), The Boardroom of the Liverpool Blue Coat Hospital
An orphan and old boy of the school in the 19th century, Richard Ansdell became a successful artist and a member of the Royal Academy in London. His painting, The Hunted Slaves, in Liverpool’s International Slavery Museum, was painted over 50 years after the slave trade was outlawed, though slavery itself was still legal during the artist’s time at the school. The engraving here is after Ansdell's original painting of the school's governors, which he donated in gratitude for his schooling.