1830 Perrot Comparative Charts of the World's Men and Women


1830 Perrot Comparative Charts of the World's Men and Women


Two comparative charts illustrating the traditional dress of the men and women of the world.


Tableau des Femmes des Cinq Parties du Monde présentant les Caractères physiques qui les distinguent et leurs costumes nationaux. / Tableau Comparatif de Races et des Costumes Des principaux Peuples des cinq parties du Monde.
  1830 (undated)     19 x 24 in (48.26 x 60.96 cm)


These are c. 1830 Ferdinand Victor Perrot comparative charts of the women and men of the world. Seventy-eight women and seventy men from Europe, Asia, Oceania, Africa, and America are depicted in traditional dress. Each likeness is numbered which corresponds to a label (nationality, race, location) and a short description. Intriguingly, the word 'race' is used only in the title of the comparative chart of men, not the comparative chart of women. French, English, Scottish, Persian, Chinese, Japanese, Hawaiian (Iles Sandwich), Berber, Egyptian, Bedouin, Sioux, Eskimo, Peruvian, and Mexican dress are only a small sample of the costumes presented and appear on both sheets. Multiple examples are given of the costumes of several of the 'races', including the formal and everyday wear of French women. Three different Swiss women are included, each representing from a different Swiss city, and two Chinese men and women are present in each of the charts.
Gum Arabic Gouache
This view features extensive use of Gum Arabic.  Most watercolor paints produced from the mid-19th century onward have a gum arabic component which acts a binding agent to hold the pigment in suspension.   Some watercolorists, when mixing their own paints, will add additional gum arabic to the paint, leading to strikingly vibrant, glossy, and depending on the mixture, even transparent and opaque colors.  This technique is also sometimes referred to as gouache or bodycolor.
Publication History and Census
These charts were created by Ferdinand Victor Perrot, printed by the Fosset Imprimerie, and published by Basset c. 1830. The only examples catalogued in the OCLC are in the collection of the National Library of Australia and these charts are rare on the private market.


Ferdinand Victor Perrot (1808 - 1841) was a French painter and lithographer. Recognized for his talent at a young age, Perrot had completed his first commission by the age of 15 for a local church. A move to Paris came soon after, where he studied with renowned maritime painter Jean Antoine Théodore Gudin. He was a regular exhibitor at the Salon from 1831 until 1844, even though that was three years after his death.He is renowned for his paintings of the countryside in Brittany. He received an invitation to come to St. Petersburg from Tsar Nicholas I, where he was treated in the highest esteem. He was made a member of the Academy of Fine Arts of Saint Petersburg on September 29, 1840 and received a commission for a series of topographical views of Russia and the coast of Finland and lithographs of St. Petersburg. Unfortunately, he died suddenly in Saint Petersburg in 1841 at the age of 33, having only completed two of the commissions.

André Basset (or Bassett) (fl. 1768 - 1784) was a well-known French family of publishers and engravers active on the Rue St. Jacques, Paris, during the 18th and 19th centuries. Basset was best known for the production of low cost optical views of European cities and events. However, the firm also produced games, maps, and other prints. The firm was taken over by Paul-André Bassett in 1784. Paul-André Bassett himself retired in 1819, but the business continued under various family members until 1865. The firm operated from the corner of Rue St Jacques and Rue des Mathurins, Paris.


Very good. Two separate maps. Even overall toning. Verso repair to fold separation of comparative chart of men. Chart of men exhibits some soiling. Both blank on verso.


OCLC 221107592, 221107586.