Unidentified Image (Olaudah Equiano or Ottobah Cugoano)

Description

The museum identifies the subject as Gustavus Vassa (c. 1745–1797), or Olaudah Equiano, who was an abolitionist writer who claimed to be born in the Bight of Biafra region. However, this portrait might also be John Stuart (c. 1757–c. 1791), also known as Ottobah Cugoano, who was also an abolitionist writer who was from the Voltaic region. For details, see Jerome S. Handler, Survivors of the Middle Passage: Life Histories of Enslaved Africans in British America, Slavery & Abolition, vol. 23 (2002), pp. 25-56.

Source

Oil portrait by an unidentified artist held by the Royal Albert Museum in Exeter, U.K.

Language

English

Rights

Metadata is available under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International; Slide of painting courtesy of the Royal Albert Museum.

Identifier

I015

Spatial Coverage

Africa--Bight of Biafra

Citation

"Unidentified Image (Olaudah Equiano or Ottobah Cugoano)", Slavery Images: A Visual Record of the African Slave Trade and Slave Life in the Early African Diaspora, accessed September 18, 2020, http://www.slaveryimages.org/s/slaveryimages/item/2686
The museum identifies the subject as Gustavus Vassa (c. 1745–1797), or Olaudah Equiano, who was an abolitionist writer who claimed to be born in the Bight of Biafra region. However, this portrait might also be John Stuart (c. 1757–c. 1791), also known as Ottobah Cugoano, who was also an abolitionist writer who was from the Voltaic region. For details, see Jerome S. Handler, Survivors of the Middle Passage: Life Histories of Enslaved Africans in British America, Slavery & Abolition, vol. 23 (2002), pp. 25-56.
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