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Godfrey Kneller and Jan Eyck
The Moroccan Ambassador (probably Mohammed ben Hadou)
You’ve already got a portrait of the first Moroccan ambassador to England, Abd el-Ouahed ben Messaoud ben Mohammed Anoun (1600). However, the Anglo-Moroccan Alliance continued well into the 1700s, bringing a number of other dashing North African diplomats into London.
Mohammed ben Hadou visited the court of Charles II from 1681-1682, bearing a gift of two lions and thirty ostriches. He was a celebrated guest - not least because of his stunning displays of horsemanship in Hyde Park.
I found a description of his approach to the King and Queen:
He came up to the throne without making any sort of reverence, not bowing his head, or body. [His retinue] were all clad in the Moorish habit, cassocks of coloured cloth, or silk, with buttons and loops, over this a white woollen mantle, so large as to wrap both head and body, a sash, or small turban, naked-legged and armed, but with leather socks like the Turks, rich scymitar, and large calico sleeved shirts. The Ambassador had a string of pearls oddly woven in his turban. I fancy the old Roman habit was little different as to the mantle and naked limbs. He was a handsome person, well-featured, of a wise look, subtle, and extremely civil.
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