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Untitled (London Bridge)

© Courtesy the artist and David Zwirner, London. Photo credit: Tate

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American painter Marshall depicts a fictitious scene set at London Bridge in Lake Havasu, Arizona. Originally spanning the River Thames, in 1967 the bridge was rebuilt in America. In the centre of the painting, a man wears a sandwich board advertising a restaurant called 'Olaudah’s'. Olaudah Equiano, born in West Africa around 1745 and sold into slavery, bought his freedom in 1767. He moved to London, where he became a prominent figure in the abolitionist movement. The two stories of displacement connect to financial opportunity: Equiano became a successful businessman, and Lake Havasu is now a tourist destination.

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Title

Untitled (London Bridge)

Date

2017

Medium

Acrylic paint on board

Measurements

H 213.7 x W 303.7 cm

Accession number

L04083

Acquisition method

Purchased by the Tate Americas Foundation, courtesy of the North American Acquisitions Committee with the assistance of Bob Rennie 2018

Work type

Painting

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