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1777 Buffon Albino African American

1777 Buffon Albino African American

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PAUL D STEWART / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY PAUL D STEWART / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Plate I, page 564, Supplement of Volume IV of " L'Histoire Naturelle" (servant de suite a l'histoire naturelle de l'homme). Published by M. le Comte de Buffon 1777 at 'L'imprimerie Royale, Paris. A study of an Albino African American called Genevieve aged 18. She was carefully examined and her condition described by Buffon in 1777 while she was in France. She had been born and taken from St. Dominigo & Cuba. She reported her mother and father came from the Cote D'Or (Ghana) and were not albinos. She resembles a woman drawn by Zoffany for John Hunter in the Royal College of Surgeons ten years later - and this may be a continuation of her life story. Buffon considered that such a mother may give birth to 'black & white' children with a non-albino African American father. He had in mind Mary Sabina, a girl who probably suffered vitiligio (search Buffon vitiligo).

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