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Half-length frontal portrait of Ira Aldridge, celebrated nineteenth-century black actor, in the role of Othello. He is dressed in a white wrapper-like garment of which the striped coral-and-white sash is just visible at the bottom of the picture. He has a white lace neckerchief. His eyes look to the left. The plain dark grey background is paler behind his head than it is in the corners of the painting.
oil on canvas
H 76.2 x W 63.5 cm
transferred from the Royal Manchester Institution, 1882
Signiture: right, above shoulder : Js. Northcote / pinxt. / 1826