Bonaparte, Roland, prince, 1858-1924

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Prince Roland Bonaparte was a grand nephew of Napoleon Bonaparte. He had no royal aspirations; instead he turned to study science, geography, geology, botany, ethnology, and anthropology. He focused on the documentation of physical characteristics, in particular the shape and dimension of the skull as a way to established relations between the human races. He perceived photography as a scientific tool for preserving data from his expeditions, and used it to document the American Indians, Surinamese, Hottentots and other ethnic groups. Bonaparte was president of the "Société de géographie (France), from 1910 till his death, and was also a member, then president of the "Académie des sciences (France)".

Alfred Ayotte was a French (?) journalist, photographer and traveler who was interested in the anthropological aspects of the natives of the countries he visited.

From the description of Collection anthropologique du Prince Roland Bonaparte: American Indians, ca. 1883. (Peking University Library). WorldCat record id: 156045919

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associatedWith Grierson, Francis, 1848-1927 person
associatedWith Koch, Frederick R., person
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North America
Anthropologists--History--19th century
American Indians--Portraits
Omaha Indians--Photographs
Photographers--19th century
Portrait photography--History--19th century
Indians of North America--Portraits
Ethnic groups--Pictorial works
Native Americans--Portraits
Anthropology--History--19th century--Sources


Birth 1858-05-19

Death 1924-04-14





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