Art UK has updated its cookies policy. By using this website you are agreeing to the use of cookies. To find out more read our updated Use of Cookies policy and our updated Privacy policy.

How you can use this image

This image can be used for non-commercial research or private study purposes, and other UK exceptions to copyright permitted to users based in the United Kingdom under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, as amended and revised. Any other type of use will need to be cleared with the rights holder(s).

Review the copyright credit lines that are located underneath the image, as these indicate who manages the copyright (©) within the artwork, and the photographic rights within the image.

The collection that owns the artwork may have more information on their own website about permitted uses and image licensing options.

Review our guidance pages which explain how you can reuse images, how to credit an image and how to find images in the public domain or with a Creative Commons licence available.

Notes

Add or edit a note on this artwork that only you can see. You can find notes again by going to the ‘Notes’ section of your account.

English Heritage has commissioned a series of portraits depicting six historic figures from the African diaspora whose stories have contributed to England’s rich history. Each artist has been supported by our curators and historians to creatively portray their subject. The full-length portrait, by Hannah Uzor, née Hasiciimbwe, is based on a photograph by Camille Silvy in the National Portrait Gallery in London. It depicts Aina in her wedding dress, its cream colour contrasting vividly with the deep turquoise background. Aina, later called Sarah Forbes Bonetta, was the daughter of a West African ruler, who was captured and enslaved by King Gezo of Dahomey (present-day Benin) at the age of five. In 1850 she was presented as a 'diplomatic gift' to Captain Frederick Forbes of the HMS 'Bonetta' and brought to England.

English Heritage, Osborne House

East Cowes

Title

Aina, Sarah Forbes Bonetta Davies (1843–1880)

Date

2020

Medium

acrylic & fabric on canvas

Measurements

H 120 x W 80 cm

Accession number

UNAC.PR.2

Acquisition method

commissioned

Work type

Painting

Tags

See a tag that’s incorrect or offensive? Challenge it and notify Art UK.

Help improve Art UK. Tag artworks and verify existing tags by joining the Tagger community.

English Heritage, Osborne House

York Avenue, East Cowes, Isle of Wight PO32 6JY England

This venue is open to the public. Not all artworks are on display. If you want to see a particular artwork, please contact the venue.
View venue