Art Hx: Visual and Medical Legacies of British Colonialism

A print featuring a Black man who is dressed in a long grey-and-white striped coat and pants. He stands in contrapposto, with his pants rolled up and shirt unbuttoned to reveal the parts of his skin that are affected by vitiligo. A streak of white runs through the middle portion of his hair. His right hand holds out a medallion on a chain. Text above the image reads "WONDERFUL MUSEUM" and below reads "the WONDERFUL SPOTTED INDIAN, John Boby, Born in Kingston in Jamaica & who exhibits himself in different parts of England & Scotland."

Title: John Boby, a black man with white markings. Reproduction of an etching

Artist/Maker:

Date: October 1, 1803

Source: Wellcome Collection

Copyright/Permissions: John Boby, a black man with white markings. Reproduction of an etching, 1803. Credit: Wellcome Collection.Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

Location(s): Kingston, Jamaica; 16 Paternoster Row, London, England; England; Scotland

 

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