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George Salting

1835 - 1909

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

Biographical notes

Art collector and benefactor.

Slavery connections

Salting inherited substantial wealth from his father Severin Salting, a partner in Flower, Salting & Co., who had made his money through ‘his firm, sheep stations, sugar plantations, and wide investments’. (A.F. Pike, ‘Salting, Severin Kanute (1805–1865)’, Australian Dictionary of Biography, Carlton, Victoria, 1967, <> accessed 5 August 2021.) Severin Salting may have been connected with the Australian Sugar Company, which imported raw sugar from Manila. The Philippines and Indonesia were under Spanish and Dutch rule in the 19th century, both countries which still utilized slave labour in their colonies, even if it may not have been African labour. George Salting owned shares in the Colonial Sugar Refining Company, which began milling and refining sugar cane in Queensland, Australia, and Fiji from the 1870s, where there may be no connection with slavery.

Abolition connections

No known connections with abolition.

National Gallery painting connections

Donor: presented in 1889: NG1282; in 1894, NG1430; in 1907, NG2118.

Donor: bequeathed in 1910: NG2482–2673.


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