Photo of Prince Alemayehu Among Astonishing Portraits Unseen for 120 Years

The above portrait of Prince Alemayehu Tewodros of Ethiopia (left) is part of a new exhibition in England called Black Chronicles II that spotlights the first black people ever photographed in Britain. (Getty)

The Guardian

By Sean O’Hagan

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. Alamayou was brought to England by Sir Robert Napier and adopted by the intriguingly named explorer Captain Tristram Speedy. Alamayou died in England of pleurisy in 1879.

“There is a certain melancholy to many of these images, particularly the portraits of children, that speaks of exile and estrangement,” says Renée Mussai [co-curator the show at London’s Rivington Place]. “That is certainly the case with Alamayou.

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