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Head of a Man (?Ira Frederick Aldridge)

Photo credit: Tate

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This painting almost certainly represents the American Shakespearean actor Ira Frederick Aldridge (1807?–67) in character. Around 1826–7 the same sitter appears in several paintings by British artists, including another picture by Simpson, The Captive Slave 1827 (Art Institute of Chicago) for which this appears to be a related study. Aldridge came to Britain in 1824, and embarked on what became a hugely successful career in Europe.

Tate Britain

London


Date

?c.1827

Medium

Oil paint on canvas

Measurements

H 73.3 x W 56.2 cm

Accession number

N00382

Acquisition method

Presented by Robert Vernon 1847

Work type

Painting


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