I was lucky enough to walk in on a talk at Englands National Gallery about a painting by William Hoare of Bath of Ayuba Suleiman Diallo.
Diallo, a black African and devout Muslim, was a slaver who sold to Europeans.
On one of his expeditions to capture more slaves he was himself instead captured by of other African slavers along with his assistant and men in 1731.
They shaved off his beard and was sold with the other captures to the self same ships captain that he did business with.
The captain didn’t recognise him without his clothes or beard and he was taken to the U.S. where he lived and worked as a slave.
While there a Christian vicar noted his obvious intelligence and education( He could recite the whole of the Koran from memory) and he was sent to work in England in 1733,for the very shipping company that had bought him in the first place.
Eventually he was released by public subscription and returned both to his home in Africa and his career of slaving.
The painting is owned by Qatar but is on loan to the N.G. while an export licence is being sought.
The man in the painting is to my eyes very enigmatic and well worth a viewing if you get the opportunity.