Senior partner of Forster and Smith, merchants, and politician.
This person is the subject of ongoing research. We have started by researching their relationship to the enslavement of people.
In 1840 Richard Robert Madden (the Special Commissioner of Inquiry into the British Settlements on the West Coast of Africa) reported that Forster was one of the London-based merchants who were actively supporting the illegal activities of the slave traders, but that he was never criminally prosecuted. (A. Boyd, ‘The Life and Times of R. R. Madden’, Seanchas Ardmhacha: Journal of the Armagh Diocesan Historical Society, vol. 20, no. 2, 2005, 133–154 (150). JSTOR, <http://www.jstor.org/stable/29742754> accessed 2 August 2021.)
No known connections with abolition.
National Gallery painting connections
Donor: presented in 1845: NG1871.
History of Parliament Trust (ed.), The History of Parliament: British Political, Social & Local History, London 1964-, https://www.historyofparliamentonline.org/
Checked and not found — Item on publisher's website