Ayuba Suleiman Diallo
Ayuba Suleiman Diallo
by William Hoare
oil on canvas, 1733
30 in. x 25 in. (762 mm x 635 mm)
Lent by Qatar Museums Authority: Doha: Qatar, 2010
Artistback to top
- William Hoare (1707-1792), Portrait painter. Artist or producer associated with 74 portraits, Sitter in 6 portraits.
This portraitback to top
Hoare's sensitive portrait is the earliest known British oil portrait of a freed slave and the first portrait to honour an African subject as an individual and an equal. The portrait provides a fascinating insight into the eighteenth-century English response to other peoples and religions.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Schama, Simon, The Face of Britain: The Nation Through its Portraits, 2015-09-15, p. 452
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- Face of Britain: People (14 September 2015 - 4 January 2016)
- Ben Okri on Ayuba Suleiman Diallo: A Dialogue Across Time (20 September 2013 - 27 July 2014)
Subjects & Themesback to top
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Events of 1733back to top
Current affairsPrime Minister Robert Walpole narrowly escapes defeat in the House of Lords over the investigation into the South Sea affair. His Excise scheme, introduced the previous year, also provokes widespread resistance among merchants and is withdrawn.
Sugar and Molasses Act is passed by Parliament to tax British colonists in North America.
Art and scienceJohn Kay, working in the Lancashire woollen industry, patents the flying shuttle to speed up weaving.
Poet Alexander Pope publishes his philosophical Essay on Man, which proposes a system of ethics in poetic form.
Clergyman Stephen Hales publishes the second volume of his Statical Essays, Haemastaticks, describing the measurement of the 'force of the blood', later known as blood pressure.
InternationalPhilip V of Spain and Louis XV of France sign the Treaty of Escurial and form an alliance against Britain.
Voltaire publishes Letters on the English Nation comparing France unfavourably with England.
British colonist James Oglethorpe founds Savannah, Georgia.
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