William Mulready, RA 1786-1863

Oil on panel

15 15/16 x W: 11 3/4 in. (40.54 x 29.9 cm)

“Mulready spent most of his career in London painting genre subjects. Many of his major works are now on display in the Victoria and Albert Museum. Here, he has portrayed the African-American actor Ira Aldridge (1805 (?)-1867), who won renown in Europe for his Shakespearean roles, including Othello, Lear, and Macbeth. This half-length portrait shows Aldrige in battle armor, with a flag at his right, in front of a stone archway.” (Walters Art Museum site).

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