Art Hx: Visual and Medical Legacies of British Colonialism

A magazine insert with two illustrations divided by "Pear's Soap." Above the text is a clothed white child who holds a bar of soap as a Black baby sits in a tub. Below the text, the white child holds a mirror up to the baby, who is now white from the neck down as he sits on a stool. There is a white face in each corner of the advertisement, representing different demographics of ideal white consumers: gentlemen, ladies, children, and babies.

Title: Pears’ soap: matchless for the complexion


Date: ca. 1880-1889?

Source: Wellcome Collection

Copyright/Permissions: Pears’ soap : matchless for the complexion / Pears.. Credit: Wellcome Collection. Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

Location(s): London, England


Art Hx