The work was bought at Christie’s in 2009 by the Qatar Museums Authority and is generously on loan to the National Portrait Gallery in London.
It is at present touring and, at the time of writing, can be seen at:
South Shields Museum and Art Gallery - until 9th March 2013 - this exhibit has concluded but I think it is interesting to see why this gallery was chosen to exhibit the portrait.
It was exhibited with a selection from the Gallery’s own archives, focussing on faith and identity. The town is home to a well-established Muslim community.
New Walk Museum and Art Gallery, Leicester - (6th April - 30th June 2013)
The Gallery will focus on changing demographics of the local community, hoping to develop a sustainable relationship with the Somali community.
After this, the portrait returns to the National Portrait Gallery. Eventually it is expected to return to Qatar.
“Face of Freedom” by Bonnie Greer in Art Quarterly, Spring 2011.
Press Release: National Portrait Gallery, Wednesday 7 July 2010 Ayuba Suleiman Diallo Appeal
Voyages database: Ayuba Suleiman Diallo and Slavery in the Atlantic World.
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