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Sartjee the Hotentot Venus

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    J,2.36

  • Title (object)

    • Sartjee the Hotentot Venus
  • Description

    Portrait of Saartjie Baartman naked, standing whole-length in profile to right, wearing shoes, cloak over her right shoulder, smoking pipe and holding pike in her right hand. 1810
    Hand-coloured etching

  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Ethnic name

  • Date

    • 1810
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 355 millimetres
    • Width: 240 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered with title.
  • Curator's comments

    See also BMSat11577-11580, 11602 and 14449.
    An impression in a Californian collection is inscribed "I have seen her and this (?) is a caricature in no part - it is a very exact likeness, she stands about 4f. 10." (information from John Murphy, personal communication, March 2014).

  • Location

    Not on display (British XIXc Mounted Roy)

  • Exhibition history

    1997/8 Sep-Jan, Osaka, Nat Mus of Ethnology, 'Images of Other Cultures'
    2000 Oct-Dec, Cambridge, Fitzwilliam Museum, Popular Print in England
    2001 Feb-Apr, Glasgow, Hunterian AG, Popular Print in England
    2001 Apr-Jun, Manchester, Whitworth AG, Popular Print in England
    2001 Jun-Aug, Bradford, Cartwright Hall, Popular Print in England
    2007 Mar-Jun, London, National Portrait Gallery, 'Between Worlds:...'

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Associated places

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    J,2.36

Portrait of Saartjie Baartman naked, standing WL in profile to r, wearing shoes, cloak over her r shoulder, smoking pipe and holding pike in her r hand. 1810  Hand-coloured etching

Portrait of Saartjie Baartman naked, standing WL in profile to r, wearing shoes, cloak over her r shoulder, smoking pipe and holding pike in her r hand. 1810 Hand-coloured etching

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