A 17th century painting of a black and a white woman as equals has sold for over £250,000

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A previously-unknown 17th century painting of a black and a white woman as social equals has sold for over £250,000 after museums wanting to increase the diversirty of their collections clammered to buy it.<br />
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The oil on canvas painting was produced by an unnamed English artist in about 1650. <br />
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The double portrait is rare as it not only showed a black woman from the Cromwellian period but that she was of the same class as the white woman next to her.