Art Hx: Visual and Medical Legacies of British Colonialism

A print visually comparing the body size, shape, and color of Saartjie Baartman ("Hottentot Venus") with British politician Lord Grenville. The two shake hands as two other white individuals look on.

Title: Lord Grenville, Prime Minister and leader of the Broad Bottoms faction, meets Sarah Baartman, the “Hottentot Venus”: on account of their similar body-mass, a dynastic marriage is considered

Artist/Maker: attributed to William Heath

Date: November 15, 1810

Source: Wellcome Collection

Copyright/Permissions: Lord Grenville, Prime Minister and leader of the Broad Bottoms faction, meets Sarah Baartman, the “Hottentot Venus”: on account of their similar body-mass, a dynastic marriage is considered. Coloured etching attributed to W. Heath, 1810. Credit: Wellcome Collection. Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

Location(s): London, England

 

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