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Ira Aldridge in the role of Shakespeare's Othello  1826

by William Mulready

The subject of this work shows a marked resemblance to the famous African-American actor Ira Aldridge (1807-1867), praised as one of the greatest tragic actors of his day, he won renown in Europe for his Shakespearean roles, including Lear, Macbeth and, most famously, Othello. On October 10, 1825, Aldridge made his European debut, making him the first African American acto...
H: 15 15/16 x W: 11 3/4 in. (40.54 x 29.9 cm)
oil on panel
Courtesy of the Walters Art Museum