William Unsah Sessarakoo
This engraved portrait shows the head and upper torso of William Ansah Sessarakoo (c. 1736–1770), who was Fante and born in Anomabu in the Voltaic region. His father, John Correntee, was the head of local government. He was enslaved and taken to Barbados. The engraving caption described how “William Unsah Sessarakoo, son of John Bannishee Corrantee, ohinnee of Anamaboe and of Eukobah, daughter of Ansah Sessarakoo, king of Aquamboo & niece to Quishadoo, king of Akroan. He was sold at Barbados as a slave in the year 1744. He was redeemed at the earnest request of his father in the year 1748 and brought to England.” John Faber Jr. (1684–1756) was a Dutch portrait engraver born in The Hague, who lived and worked in London. Faber concentrated on mezzotints. This engraving, dated 1749, derived from a painting by Gabriel Mathias, who was an eminent London painter. Both the painter and the engraver were identified on the lower borders of the image (which are not clearly visible on the version displayed herein, but quite evident when examining the original engraving). There is no information how or when Mathias painted the portrait; or the present location of the painting.
Copies held in The National Portrait Gallery, London and Barbados Museum.
Faber, John Jr.
Image is in the public domain courtesy of Barbados Museum. Metadata is available under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International.
"William Unsah Sessarakoo", Slavery Images: A Visual Record of the African Slave Trade and Slave Life in the Early African Diaspora, accessed February 23, 2020, http://www.slaveryimages.org/s/slaveryimages/item/2693