Status Symbol

This intriguing image shows the escutcheon of the Troutbeck family of Cheshire - topped by a Black person who appears to be bound. Like the coat of arms of John Hawkins, the Troutbecks' arms suggest that they were involved in the slave trade. Little is known about the practice of displaying images of Black people in this way - but, as with many aspects of Black history, further research might well reveal more.

C 107/121 (18th century)



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