The seven engravings offered are as follows:
– Negro; Plate 3
– Georgian Female; Plate 6
– Calmuck; Plate 7
– Carib (natural formation); Plate 10
– Carib (artificial) Plate 11
– Negro, Jewefs, Burato; Plate 12
– Ethopian variety / Caucausian Var. Georgian / Mongolian Var, Tangeese Plate Unknown
The Natural History of Man by James Cowles Prichard comprised inquiries into the modifying influence of physical and moral agencies on the differences of the human family. During the 19th century, it was believed that negroes, for example, and other races were less developed than Europeans.
James Cowles Prichard, MD FRS (11 February 1786 – 23 December 1848) was an English physician and ethnologist with broad interests in physical anthropology and psychiatry. His influential Researches into the Physical History of Mankind touched upon the subject of evolution. He also introduced the term senile dementia. Prichard indicated Africa (indirectly) as the place of human origin; “On the whole there are many reasons which lead us to the conclusion that the primitive stock of men were probably Negroes, and I know of no argument to be set on the other side.”
A fascinating insight into the study of evolution and anthropology and a thrillingly macabre decorative medley.