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Four figures: an albino woman of African descent, with white instead of black skin; the Siamese twins Hélène and Judith; and a girl called Maria Herig who had a skin disease. Engraving.

  • Sève, Jacques de, active 1742-1788.
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For Hélène and Judith see: C.J.S. Thompson, 'The mystery and lore of monsters', London 1930, pp. 71-72; L. Fiedler, 'Freaks', New York 1978, p. 201; R.D. Altick, 'The shows of London', Cambridge (Mass.) and London 1978, p.37

Maria Herig's skin disease might be identified as multiple fibroma

Physical description

1 print : etching and engraving ; border 15.6 x 8.7 cm

Lettering

White negress. p 76. Helen & Judith. p 84. Maria Herig. p 78.

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"Plate 2" top right

Reference

Wellcome Library no. 2347i


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