Freed slave portrait saved from export

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The first British portrait of a freed slave, which faced being lost to the nation, will remain in the UK for the next five years.

William Hoare's painting of Ayuba Suleiman Diallo, also known as Job ben Solomon, was purchased by the Qatar Museums Authority (QMA) in 2009.

The government imposed a temporary export bar last year because of its historic importance to the UK.

Money was raised to buy the work back, but the QMA agreed to lend it instead.

Donations raised by the National Portrait Gallery will now be returned, as will grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Art Fund charity.

The painting is believed to be the earliest known British oil portrait of a freed slave which honours a named African subject and Muslim as an individual and equal....

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