Young women in the Ukraine teasing a boy who is pockmarked and blinded in one eye by smallpox. Colour lithograph by Sudimora, ca. 1929.
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A young woman (left) summons three middle-class young women in brightly-coloured costumes (right) to look at a boy who has been disfigured and partially blinded by the effects of smallpox. She says "Look at Daniel! He has a remarkable face, not beautiful! He looks as if hands have torn pieces out of his face, or as if a mouse has bitten holes in it." He replies: "Shame on you, girls, to laugh at me like that! If you want to know the truth, my father and mother are responsible for my singular appearance. If they had vaccinated me, I would not now look so unpleasant, but as it is I'm doomed to be like a scarecrow with everybody laughing at me"
Kyiv [Kiev] (Druka︠rn︡ia no. 2) : "Narkmviĭs'ka" ([Kiev] : Litohrafiroval Moshalov), [1929?]
1 print : lithograph, printed in colours ; sheet 67.4 x 50.8 cm.
Heĭ, si︠u︡dy, divchata, zhyvo! Podvyt'si︠a︡ vy na dyvo ... Treba til'ky, shchob pryshcheplen︠n︡ia robylos' chysto ta na chystomu tili. Pryshchepli︠a︡i︠u︡t' vispu likari ta fel'dshery. Ris. Sudimora.
Wellcome Library no. 537103i
Issued by the Department of Sanitary Education of the Head Military-Sanitary Direction [of the Ukrainian army]; signed on the stone "Ris [i.e. drawn or painted by] Sudimora"