Title: Diagram Representing the Deaths from Cholera and Diarrhoea on Each Day of the Year 1849. With the Meteorological Phenomena Registered at Greenwich on the Corresponding Days, in William Farr, Report on the Mortality of Cholera in England, 1848–49 (London: W. Clowes and Sons, 1852), Plate 2.

Artist/Maker: William Farr

Date: 1852

Source: Wellcome Collection

Copyright/Permissions: Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

References: Amanda Sciampacone. ‘Epidemics in a Mist’: Medical Climatology and Cholera in Victorian Visual Culture. Journal of Victorian Culture 25, Issue 4 (October 2020), 492–511.

Location(s): London, England

Commentary: This fold-out diagram was printed in medical climatologist William Farr’s book which argued that cholera was more prevalent in climates which resembled tropical climates, specifically that of India. In this graph, Farr brings together observations of climate patterns with increases in deaths from cholera, suggesting that London’s climate contributed to the spread of cholera.

 

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Categories: Epidemics Tropical Medicine

Title: A black man buying some of J. Morison’s pills, hoping they will make him white

Artist/Maker:

Date:

Source: Wellcome Collection

Copyright/Permissions: A black man buying some of J. Morison’s pills, hoping they will make him white. Coloured lithograph.. Credit: Wellcome Collection. Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

Location(s): 377 Strand, London, England

 

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Categories: Pharmaceuticals Skin and Skin Disease

Title: The Lazaretto, Delaware River Vicinity, Essington, Delaware County, PA

Artist/Maker: Frank H. Taylor

Date: 1895

Source: Library of Congress

Copyright/Permissions: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, HABS PA,23-ESTO, 1.

References: Visit Professor David Barnes of the University of Pennsylvania’s project documenting the history of the Lazaretto

Location(s): The Lazaretto, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

 

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Categories: Public Health Quarantine and Contagion

Title: Page from Illustrations of Cholera Asphyxia, in its different stages: selected from cases treated at the Cholera Hospital, Rivington Street. New York: S. H. Jackson, 1832.

Artist/Maker: Horatio Bartley

Date: 1832

Source: U.S. National Library of Medicine – National Institutes of Health

Copyright/Permissions: Public Domain

References:

Location(s): New York

Commentary:(50 word description)

 

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Categories: Epidemics Public Health Quarantine and Contagion

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

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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: British Empire throughout the world exhibited in one view

Artist/Maker: John Bartholomew

Date: 1850

Source: Library of Congress

Copyright/Permissions: Bartholomew, John, and A. Fullarton & Co. British Empire throughout the world exhibited in one view. [S.l., 185] Map. Library of Congress, Geography and Map Division

Location(s): London, England; Edinburgh, Scotland; Dublin, Ireland

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Categories: Cartography

Title: No. 1, 2, 5 & 6, Negro, 3 & 4, Indian Characters in West India scenery with illustrations of Negro character, the process of making sugar, &c. from sketches taken during a voyage to, and residence of seven years in, the island of Trinidad (no. 25)

Artist/Maker: Richard Bridgens

Date: 1836?

Source: Yale Center for British Art

Copyright/Permissions: Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection. Public Domain

Location(s): Trinidad

 

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Categories: Taxonomies

Title: Bed-Stocks for intoxication in West India scenery with illustrations of Negro character, the process of making sugar, &c. from sketches taken during a voyage to, and residence of seven years in, the island of Trinidad (no. 34)

Artist/Maker: Richard Bridgens

Date: 1836?

Source: Yale Center for British Art

Copyright/Permissions: Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection. Public Domain

Location(s): Trinidad

 

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Categories: Labor and Health Punishment

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