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Royal Museums Greenwich Permanent Collection - Olaudah Equiano Sculpture - Queen's House

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Queen's House, Royal Museums Greenwich, Romney Road, Located in National Maritime Museum Gardens, London SE10 9NF

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On display in the Queen's House is the bronze sculpture 'OLAUDAH EQUIANO - African, slave, author, abolitionist' 2006 by Christy Symington which was acquired as part of the permanent collection of Royal Museums Greenwich in 2018 for permanent display.

The Queen’s House in Greenwich is one of the most interesting buildings in the country. It is architecturally important, as well as being famous for its former occupants and its art collection.

Contemporary art in the Queen's House

The Queen's House is home to a rich collection of contemporary artwork on free display. These artists have responded to contemporary concerns of nationhood, migration, tradition, and life at sea in their own unique and diverse ways.


Christy Symington is a member of the Royal Society of Sculptors whose work focuses on representing overlooked or marginalized historical figures. Her sculpture of Olaudah Equiano, an important figure in the abolition movement, is set in dialogue with 18th-century naval portraits to explore notions of heroism, then and now.

The Queen’s House is famous today for its extraordinary art collection including works by Great Masters such as Gainsborough, Reynolds, Turner and Hogarth.  

Inigo Jones, England's first great architect, designed the Queen's House. It was England's first truly classical building. The Queen’s House was completed around 1636 and is considered remarkable for its break with the traditional, red-brick Tudor style of building, and for its elegant proportions and the high quality of its interiors. The famous architect Inigo Jones was commissioned to design the building in 1616 by King James I’s wife, Anne of Denmark.

Olaudah Equiano bronze sculpture on display in Queen's House, permanent collection Royal Museums Greenwich