Sunday, 13 March 2011

"The Races Of Mankind, Vol.1" by Robert Brown, M.A. (published by Cassell Petter & Galpin, London, late 1800's)

This volume is dedicated almost entirely on America, both North and South. These portraits are fascinating in historical terms as they must have been drawn from authentic contemporary photographs and show the characteristics of each tribe in great detail. The features on the faces are striking, almost sculptural - I find the quality of the drawing way above the rest of the other illustrations found in these three volumes which makes the fact that the artist is not credited even more annoying. I know very little about American Indian tribes (maybe I should read the book sometime) but hope they'll be appreciated by scholars or other artists.

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