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George Jones

This person is the subject of ongoing research. We have started by researching their relationship to the enslavement of people.

Biographical notes

Artist and Keeper of the Royal Academy.

Slavery connections

Jones presented two paintings to the National Gallery in honour of his friend Field Marshall Colin Campbell, 1st Baron Clyde, who had been aide-de-camp to the governor on Demerara at the time of the uprising: ‘His part in quelling the slave rebellion in Demerara in August 1823 is hazy. He is not recorded as joining in the reprisals against slaves pursued by his commanding officer, Lieutenant-Colonel Leahy, but he was on the court martial which sentenced Reverend John Smith, the suspected instigator of the revolt, to death’. (‘Colin Campbell, 1st Baron Clyde’, Wikipedia [online], <,_1st_Baron_Clyde> accessed 2 August 2021.)

Abolition connections

No known connections with abolition.

National Gallery painting connections

Donor: presented in 1870: NG800–801 (now at Tate, N00800–00801).


History of Parliament Trust (ed.), The History of Parliament: British Political, Social & Local History, London 1964-,
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C. Matthew et al. (eds), Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford 1992-,
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UCL Department of History (ed.), Legacies of British Slave-ownership, London 2020,
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P. Usherwood, 'Jones family (2) George Jones', in J. Turner et al. (eds), Grove Art Online, Oxford 1998-,
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