Tuesday, July 13, 2010

National Portrait Gallery launches appeal to keep freed slave's portrait | Art and design | The Guardian

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National Portrait Gallery launches appeal to keep freed slave's portrait | Art and design | The Guardian
A portrait of a freed African slave has gone on display for the first time at the National Portrait Gallery (NPG) as a £100,000 appeal is launched to keep it in the collection.

The bright eyes of Ayuba Suleiman Diallo who had been a slave-owner and trader, are mesmerising gallery visitors, just as they did when he met King George II and leading intellectuals of the 1730s. Diallo translated Arabic documents and inscriptions for Sir Hans Sloane, whose collections would form the basis of the British Museum.