Whole-length portrait of Saartjie Baartman, naked but for decorations such as beads, fringes, a patterned cap, shoes and a sheepskin mantle over her right shoulder; directed to left and with head in profile to left, but turning away to be seen partly from behind, wearing face-paint and smoking a pipe, holding a long pole in her outstretched left hand.  1810 Aquatint with etching, printed in brown ink

Sartjee, the Hottentot Venus.

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