Ira Aldridge: Theatrical Trailblazer
Ira Aldridge as Othello in ‘Othello’ by William Shakespeare
oil on canvas, 167⁄8 × 131⁄2 in.
This small painting was made in England around 1848 by an anonymous artist. It again shows Aldridge in costume, probably for the role of Othello, and is in the permanent collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum, named after England’s nineteenth-century Queen who was herself an avid theatre-goer. Aldridge became a naturalized English citizen and subject of Queen Victoria in 1863.