Portrait of Freed Slave goes on display at NPG

  • 19 January 2011

We're delighted to hear the news that the National Portrait Gallery (NPG) has agreed with the Qatar Museums Authority (QMA) a five year loan to display the portrait of Ayuba Suleiman Diallo by William Hoare of Bath, the earliest known British oil painting of a freed slave and the first portrait that honours a named African subject as an individual and an equal.

The 1733 portrait was purchased by the QMA in November 2009 but was subject to an export stop. The NPG expressed an interest in acquiring the painting which the Art Fund supported.

However, a five year loan agreement has now been reached and plans include a tour to Leicester, Liverpool and the North-East, organised by the Gallery.

Ayuba Suleiman Diallo (also known as Job ben Solomon) by William Hoare of Bath will be on display at the National Portrait Gallery in Room 15 from 20 January 2011.