Saturday 20 October 2018 10.00am—4.00pm

The Re-Imagining Colesymposium will examine the background, context and depictions of previously unseen caricatures of Christian Frederick Cole, Oxford University’s first Black African Scholar 1873, and the first Black African to practise Law in the English High Court, 1884.  The symposium will explorewhy Cole and his historic achievements were only portrayed in the form of parodies.

It will also explore Victorian portraitsc. 1873 – 1890, examining the broaderissues of race and representation in portrait art. Whowere the ‘notable’ figures of the day that had portraits commissioned and painted?  Did any comparable Black ‘notable’ figures have their portraits painted?   Did Cole have a picturecommissioned and painted?

Finally, the symposium will pose the following questions:

should Cole’s image be re-imagined, if so, why?

What should a re-imagined imagetell an audience, who decides?

If an image of Cole was to be reimagined, what medium would be the most appropriate

and fitting to communicate Cole’s significant achievements?

with a panel of art historians, artists and academics including:

Dr Temi Odumosu, Malmo University, Africans in English Caricature, 1769-1819: Black Jokes, White Humour.

Dr Robin Darwall-Smith, University College, University of Oxford A History of University College, Oxford.

Robert Taylor, Photographer, Portraits of Achievement

Colin Harris, The Shrimpton Collection, BodleianLibraries

Pamela Roberts, The Untold Stories of Oxford University’s Black Scholars

£5 per person

£3 – concessions (over 60, student, unwaged).

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