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20 Sep 2012

When Worlds Meet: The Intriguing Story of Ayuba Suleiman Diallo, South Shields Museum & Art Gallery 20 September – 9 March

eighteenth century painted portrait of a man in turban and white robe
William Hoare, Ayuba Suleiman Diallo, called Job ben Solomon, 1733
Property of Qatar Museums Authority. Photo: Christie’s

“Art enthusiasts have an opportunity to see a rare oil painting which forms the highlight of our Black History Month programme. The 18th Century portrait, on special loan from London’s National Portrait Gallery, shows a freed slave called Ayuba Suleiman Diallo and is the earliest known British painting of a black African Muslim.
South Shields Museum & Art Gallery – which will give it a starring role in Black History Month – is one of only three venues chosen to show the historically significant work which, for the first time in British art, presented an African as an individual and an equal.” (The Journal (Newcastle), 25 September 2012)