Composite Portraits

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Title

Composite Portraits

Subject

Bowditch, H. P. (Henry Pickering), 1840-1911
Eugenics
Composite photographs

Description

An arrangement of composite portraits by Henry Pickering Bowditch (1840-1911) in the publication from the second International Exhibition of Eugenics in 1921. While the composite photographs on display here as well as others in the collections of the Countway were created by physiologist Henry Pickering Bowditch, the development and original interpretation of the composite process with its eugenic implications was the work of Sir Francis Galton, who first published his research as “Composite portraits,” in Nature in 1878. Galton said, “The photographic process of which I there spoke, enables us to obtain with mechanical precision a generalised picture; one that represents no man in particular, but portrays an imaginary figure, possessing the average features of any given group of men. These ideal faces have a surprising air of reality. Nobody who glanced at one of them for the first time, would doubt its being the likeness of a living person. Yet, as I have said, it is no such thing; it is the portrait of a type, and not of an individual.”

Abstract

Two page spread about composite portraits from the publication of the second International Exhibition of Eugenics

Creator

Bowditch, H. P. (Henry Pickering), 1840-1911

Publisher

Williams & Wilkins Company

Date Created

1923

Rights

The Boston Medical Library does not hold copyright on all materials in this collection. For use information, consult Public Services at chm@hms.harvard.edu

Access Rights

Access to the original work depicted requires advance notice. Contact Public Services at chm@hms.harvard.edu for additional information

Is Part Of

Boston Medical Library Rare Books Collection (2.Am.205)

Format

image

Extent

excerpt (2 pages)

Language

English

Type

still image

Identifier

0001955

Provenance

From the Collections of the Boston Medical Library

Files

0001955_dref.jpg

Citation

Bowditch, H. P. (Henry Pickering), 1840-1911, “Composite Portraits,” OnView, accessed June 22, 2024, https://collections.countway.harvard.edu/onview/items/show/6210.