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Jacob Bell

1810 - 1859

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

Biographical notes

Pharmacist and politician.

Slavery connections

No known connections with slavery.

Abolition connections

Aged 12, Jacob Bell was sent to his uncle’s school near Darlington for four years. The school had a good reputation with well-to-do Quakers. Jacob’s essays, which were written there, against war and slavery set out views he was to hold all his life. (Briony Hudson, ‘High spirits and irreverence coupled with sociability: the life of Jacob Bell’, The Pharmaceutical Journal, 5 June 2009.)

National Gallery painting connections

Donor: bequeathed in 1859: NG603–621 (all transferred to Tate, except NG621).


J. Burnby, 'Bell, Jacob', 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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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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