The Dresden Model of Human Perfection, 1911

Five faces

The Five Races of Mankind


[Dresden :  C.C. Meinhold und Söhne, 1911]. Chromolithographic poster, 840 x 590 mm (image), 890 x 635 mm (sheet), laid down on modern linen backing; inevitable toning to the margins of the sheet, but an exceptionally well preserved example with vivid colour.

This striking, large format German pedagogical poster produced by the famous Dresden publishing house of Carl Christian Meinhold & Sons (1768-1946) exemplifies the Eurocentric world view of the period. It features an Australian Aborigine holding a Murray River broad shield; a Native American Sioux chief; an African man in profile; a Chinese mandarin; and, dominating at the centre of the image, a Caucasian type.

courtesy Douglas Stewart Fine Books

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