Between Two Worlds: Vanley Burke and Francis Williams | V&A
The portraits of two gentleman scholars, created 280 years apart, are brought together in this display. Francis Williams, a poet born in Jamaica, travelled to Britain in 1721 and became a naturalised citizen. British-Jamaican artist Vanley Burke captures experiences of different cultures and landscapes, focusing on African-Caribbean migration to Britain. This exhibition positions a 18th century painting of Williams alongside historical artefacts and Burke’s archives and photographs, as it invites viewers to reflect on colonial legacies, historical narratives and the objects we consider significant to us.