Title: Othello, the Moor of Venice
Object Name: painting
Artist/Maker: Northcote, James
Role in production: artist
Place of Creation: Europe, United Kingdom, England
Accession Number: 1882.2
Image Copyright: © Manchester City Galleries
Credit: Transferred from the Royal Manchester Institution.
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. His close-cropped, parted hair is therefore silhouetted.
Height: 76.2 cm
Width: 63.5 cm