An Illustrator Depicts Irish Ethnic Stereotypes
In this 1866 illustration, the Anglo-Saxon features of Florence Nightingale, the storied battlefield nurse of the Crimean War, are contrasted with those of "Bridget McBruiser," whose animal-like features and generally slovenly appearance are typical of mid-nineteenth century depictions of Irish immigrants. This comparison appeared in a book about "physiognomy," a branch of supposedly scientific study popular in the nineteenth century which argued that individual moral character and intelligence could be seen in a person's facial features.
Contrasted Faces. "Look on this picture, and then on that." -Shakspeare
Creator | Samuel R. Wells
Item Type | Poster/Print
Cite This document | Samuel R. Wells, “An Illustrator Depicts Irish Ethnic Stereotypes,” SHEC: Resources for Teachers, accessed September 27, 2023, https://shec.ashp.cuny.edu/items/show/1224.