William Ansah Sessarakoo, 1749 |The British Museum

The British Museum
Object Type
print
Museum number
1902,1011.1867
Title
Object: William Ansah Sessarakoo
Description
Portrait seen half-length to right within oval frame, eyes to front. 1749
Mezzotint with some scratched lines
Producer name
Print made by: John Faber the Younger
After: Gabriel Mathias
School/style
British
Production date
1749
Materials
paper
Technique
mezzotint
Dimensions
Height: 328 millimetres
Width: 225 millimetres
Inscriptions

Inscription type: inscription
Inscription content: Lettered (by scraping out the mezzotint ground) with production detail “G. Mathias Pinxt.” and “J Faber fecit 1749.” on oval frame within image, and with 6 lines of title, account of the sitter’s family, kidnapping and retrieval, a dedication in the name of the painter to the Earl of Halifax and “Price 1s: 6p”, all below image

Curator’s comments
See also Sheila O’Connell, ‘London 1753’, BMP 2003, no. 3.85.
Bibliographic references
Chaloner Smith 1883 / British Mezzotinto portraits from the introduction of the art to the early part of the present century (323.II)
Location
Not on display
Exhibition history
2007 Mar-Jun, London, National Portrait Gallery, ‘Between Worlds:…’
Subjects
black
slave/slavery
Associated names
Portrait of: William Ansa Sasraku
Associated with: George Montagu Dunk, 2nd Earl of Halifax
Associated places
Associated with: Ghana
Africa: sub-Saharan Africa: Ghana
Acquisition name
Bequeathed by: William Meriton Eaton, 2nd Baron Cheylesmore
Acquisition date
1902
Department
Prints and Drawings
Registration number
1902,1011.1867

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