A Black King in Georgian London: British Art and Post-revolutionary Haiti

This lecture on Thursday 10th November is part of the Autumn 2022 Public Lecture Course, Georgian Provocations Series II

Image credit: Richard Evans, Henri Christophe, Portrait as King of Haiti, 1816, oil on canvas, 86.9 x 64.7 cm. National Pantheon Museum, Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Photo: © Granger / Bridgeman Images

This lecture will look at the portrait of Henri Christophe, King of Haiti by English painter Richard Evans. Henri Christophe was a leader in the Haitian Revolution and the only monarch of the short lived Kingdom of Haiti.


No prior art historical knowledge is necessary.

Georgian Provocations Series II is convened by Martin Postle, Senior Research Fellow, the Paul Mellon Centre.

Registration via Eventbrite is required and opens on 16 September. This series will take place in person at the Paul Mellon Centre and will also be streamed live via Zoom Webinar.

Paul Mellon Centre and online
16 Bedford Square
London WC1B 3JA

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Esther Chadwick is a lecturer in art history at the Courtauld, where she specialises in eighteenth-century British art. She studied art history at the University of Cambridge and completed her doctorate at Yale University in 2016. Before joining the Courtauld, she was a curator in the Department of Prints and Drawings at the British Museum.

Esther’s research addresses the materiality and agency of printed images, the role of art in the age of revolutions and the visual culture of the circum-Atlantic world. She is working on a book that examines the formative role of printmaking in the work of British artists of the late eighteenth century.

Exhibition projects have included Figures of Empire: Slavery and Portraiture in Eighteenth-Century Atlantic Britain (Yale Center for British Art, 2014) and A Revolutionary Legacy: Haiti and Toussaint Louverture (British Museum, 2018).