Photo: The Inspiration for Othello

Abd el-Ouahed ben Messaoud ben Mohammed Anoun, Moorish ambassador to Queen Elizabeth I in 1600, sometimes suggested as the inspiration for Othello.

Abd el-Ouahed ben Messaoud ben Mohammed Anoun, Moroccan envoy to Queen Elizabeth I in 1600, is sometimes suggested as the inspiration for Othello (which was written a couple of years after his stay in London). Regardless, I love the character and expression in this portrait, whose artist is apparently unrecorded. Source: Wikipedia.

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