The black Victorians: astonishing portraits unseen for 120 years | Art and design | The Guardian

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Fascinating, but ultimately heartbreaking and the quotes below will stay with me.

“More haunting is the portrait of Dejazmatch Alamayou Tewodros, an Ethiopian prince who was orphaned at the age of seven, when his father died rather than surrender to the British troops that had surrounded his castle in what was then Abyssinia.”

“There is an umbilical connection. There is no understanding Englishness without understanding its imperial and colonial dimensions.”

-Stuart Hall