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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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

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Title: Wonderful spotted boy: seventeen months old, from the Caribee Islands, in the West Indies : to be seen at no.42, Piccadilly, opposite St. James’ Churc…

Artist/Maker:

Date: 1810?

Source: Wellcome Collection

Copyright/Permissions: Wonderful spotted boy, Seventeen Months Old, From the Caribbee Islands, in the West Indies: to be seen at no.42, Piccadilly, opposite St. James’ Churc. Public Domain Mark

Location(s): West Indies; St. Vincent; London, England; 42 Piccadilly, London, England; 31 South Molton Street, London, England

 

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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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Title: Exhibition ‘Social Care’ in the Museum of the Colonial Institute

Artist/Maker:

Date: 1943

Source: Stichting Nationaal Museum van Wereldculturen

Copyright/Permissions: Unknown author “Exhibition ‘Social Care’ in the Museum of the Colonial Institute” [digital image]. https://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/285227 © Stichting Nationaal Museum van Wereldculturen

Location(s): Java, Indonesia; Amsterdam, the Netherlands

 

 

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Title: The Joice Heth Exhibition, Boston Concert Hall, 1835. From P.T. Barnum, The Life of P.T. Barnum, Written By Himself (London: Samson Low, Son, 1855), 158.

Artist/Maker:

Date: 1855

Source: P.T. Barnum, The Life of P.T. Barnum, Written By Himself (London: Samson Low, Son, 1855), 158.

Copyright/Permissions: Public Domain

References: Boster, Dea H. African American Slavery and Disability: Bodies, Property and Power in the Antebellum South, 1800-1860. New York, NY: Routledge, 2013.

Location(s): Boston, Massachusetts, USA

 

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