Image of The Black at The Wallace Collection

Sunday 25 August

Two hour unscripted tour of The Wallace Collection to reveal the implicit and explicit Black presence in the collection.


The Wallace Collection is one of the world’s great individual art collections. Hidden in its collection of over 5,500 works there are many Black presences, most times hidden.

The Image of the Black in the Wallace Collection is a live, in person unscripted two-hour introduction to the open, and often hidden black presence to be found in the collection, from subjects of economic capital to creators of cultural capital.

You’ll be taken around the Collection introduced you to many different works revealing subjects of economic capital, creators of cultural capital, kings & kingdoms, musicians, princesses, slaves, servants, saints and inspirations. You’ll be introduced to the religious, cultural and social significance of the Black presences in he Wallace Collection. If you want to understand this presence in one of the great collections of 18th and 19th century art in the home of the connoisseur who brought this sumptuous collection together, then this tour is for you.

Your tour guide is Michael I. Ohajuru DUniv, FRSA

Honoray Doctorate from Open Univeristy (2024), Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (2022), Senior Fellow of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies (2017), Honours degrees in Physics (1974) and Art History (2008). Blogs, writes and speaks regularly on the Black presence in Renaissance Europe. Has spoken at the National Gallery, Tate Britain, British Library, National Archives and the Victoria Albert Museum. Founder of Image of the Black in London Galleries a series of gallery tours , the Project Director and Chief Evangelist of The John Blanke Project: an Art and Archive project celebrating John Blanke the Black trumpeter to courts of Henry VII and Henry VIII, co-convener of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies What’s Happening in Black British History series of workshops and founder member of the Black Presence in British Portraiture network

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