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Title: Othello, the Moor of Venice

Alternative Titles:

  • A Moor
  • A moor

Object Name: painting

Artist/Maker: Northcote, James
Role in production: artist
Place of Creation: Europe, United Kingdom, England
Date: 1826

Accession Number: 1882.2
Image Copyright: © Manchester City Galleries
Credit: Transferred from the Royal Manchester Institution.

Physical Description

Medium / Material
  • oil paint/


  • oil on canvas

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.


Type: Canvas
Height: 76.2 cm
Width: 63.5 cm

Type: frame
Height: 89.4
Width: 76.5
Depth: 11.1