Title:“Cowalitsk of Columbia River,” from Samuel Morton, Crania americana or, A comparative view of the skulls of various aboriginal nations of North and South America : to which is prefixed an essay on the varities of the human species. Philadelphia : J. Dobson, 1839

Artist/Maker: John Collins, Samuel Morton

Date: 1839

Source: University of Glasgow 

Copyright/Permissions: Crania americana or, A comparative view of the skulls of various aboriginal nations of North and South America : to which is prefixed an essay on the varities of the human species / by Samuel George Morton. University of Glasgow. Public Domain Mark

Location(s): Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

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Categories: Anatomy Scientific Racism

Title:  Twelve Stages in the Sequence from the Head of a Primitive Man to the Head of the Apollo Belvedere

Artist/Maker: Christian von Mechel after Johannes Caspar Lavater

Date: 1797

Source: Wellcome Collection

Copyright/Permissions: Twelve stages in the sequence from the head of a primitive man to the head of the Apollo Belvedere. Coloured etchings by Christian von Mechel after Lavater, 1797. Wellcome Collection. Public Domain Mark 1.0. 

References: David Bindman, Ape to Apollo (Ithaca: Cornell U.P., 2002), 209–21.

Location(s): Basel, Switzerland

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Categories: Anatomy Medical Education Scientific Racism

Title:  Twelve Stages in the Sequence from the Head of a Frog to the Head of a Primitive Man

Artist/Maker: Christian von Mechel after Johannes Caspar Lavater

Date: 1797

Source: Wellcome Collection

Copyright/Permissions: Twelve stages in the sequence from the head of a frog to the head of a primitive man. Coloured etchings by Christian von Mechel after J.C. Lavater, 1797. Wellcome Collection. Public Domain Mark 1.0

References: David Bindman, Ape to Apollo (Ithaca: Cornell U.P., 2002), 209–21.

Location(s): Basel, Switzerland

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Categories: Anatomy Medical Education Scientific Racism

Title:  Mounted photographic print of the wax model of Magdeleine of Martinique (recto)

Artist/Maker: Warren Anatomical Museum

Date: 1907 (photograph), 1782 (model)

Source: Warren Anatomical Museum, Center for the History of Medicine at Countway Library

Copyright/Permissions: Warren Anatomical Museum collection, Center for the History of Medicine in the Francis A. Countway Library, Harvard University

References: Hogarth, Rana A., “To ‘excite the curiosity, and gratify the beholder’: Displaying Dappled Skin and Crafting Racial Identity in the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic,” The Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies 18, no. 1 (Winter 2018): 180–212.

Location(s): St. Lucia

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Categories: Scientific Racism Skin and Skin Disease Slavery and Medical Knowledge

Title: A sailor setting the broken leg of another sailor after an accident on deck

Artist/Maker: after Frank Brangwyn

Date: 1895

Source: Wellcome Collection

Copyright/Permissions: A sailor setting the broken leg of another sailor after an accident on deck. Halftone after F. Brangwyn, 1895. Credit: Wellcome Collection. Public Domain Mark. 

Location(s): London, England

 

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Categories: Labor and Health Scientific Racism

Title: Julia Pastrana, a bearded woman, embalmed

Artist/Maker:

Date: 1862

Source: Wellcome Collection

Copyright/Permissions: Julia Pastrana, a bearded woman, embalmed. Wood engraving, 1862. Public Domain Mark

References: Herzig, Rebecca M. “Bearded Women and Dog-Faced Men: Darwin’s Great Denudation.” In Plucked: A History of Hair Removal, 55-74. NYU Press, 2015.

Location(s): Picadilly, London, England, UK

Commentary: Julia Pastrana was a woman from Mexico whose hairy face and body made her a popular attraction to carnivals and freak shows in the mid-1800s. People, like Pastrana, who were considered abnormally hairy by the Euro-American public were displayed and publicised as sub-human examples of the “missing-links” proving Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution. This wood engraving was printed after Pastrana’s death to publicise the exhibition of her embalmed body in a gallery in Piccadilly, London in 1862.

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Categories: Advertisements Gender and Sex Scientific Racism Skin and Skin Disease Taxonomies

Title: “Krao”, the “missing link” : a living proof of Darwin’s theory of the descent of man : special lectures, 2.30, 5.30 & 9.30… : all should see her : [jungle illustration].

Artist/Maker:

Date: March 1887

Source: Wellcome Collection

Copyright/Permissions: “Krao”, the “missing link” : a living proof of Darwin’s theory of the descent of man : special lectures, 2.30, 5.30 & 9.30… : all should see her : [jungle illustration]. Public Domain Mark

References: Herzig, Rebecca M. “Bearded Women and Dog-Faced Men: Darwin’s Great Denudation.” In Plucked: A History of Hair Removal, 55-74. NYU Press, 2015.

Location(s): Laos; Westminster, London, England, UK

Date posted: February 22, 2021 | Author: | Comments Off on “Krao”, the “missing link”

Categories: Advertisements Gender and Sex Scientific Racism Skin and Skin Disease Taxonomies

Title: $50 Reward. RANAWAY from the subscriber on the 18th May last.

Artist/Maker:

Date: July 2, 1856

Source: Louisiana State University Libraries, Special Collections

Copyright/Permissions: “$50 Reward. RANAWAY from the subscriber on the 18th May last.” The South-Western (Shreveport, LA), July 2, 1856. Louisiana Runaway Slave Advertisements, 1836-1865. Louisiana Digital Library, Baton Rouge, La.

Location(s): Shreveport, Louisiana, USA

 

 

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Categories: Advertisements Mental Health and Illness Scientific Racism

Title: The World Shewing the Geographical Distribution of the Human Species, in Crania americana or, A comparative view of the skulls of various aboriginal nations of North and South America : to which is prefixed an essay on the varities of the human species / by Samuel George Morton (before page 1)

Artist/Maker: J. Yeager

Date: 1839

Source: Wellcome Collection

Copyright/Permissions: Crania americana or, A comparative view of the skulls of various aboriginal nations of North and South America : to which is prefixed an essay on the varities of the human species / by Samuel George Morton. Public Domain Mark

Location(s): Philadelphia, PennsyvlaniaA, USA

 

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Categories: Cartography Scientific Racism

Title: A “Hottentot” woman with large labia pudendi.

Artist/Maker: J. Pass

Date: 1810

Source: Wellcome Collection

Copyright/Permissions: A “Hottentot” woman with large labia pudendi. Coloured engraving by J. Pass. Credit: Wellcome Collection. Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

Location(s): London, England

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Date posted: February 5, 2021 | Author: | Comments Off on A “Hottentot” woman with large labia pudendi.

Categories: Scientific Racism

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