Print of a cartoon entitled 'Le Venus Hottentote', showing three Frenchmen, one with a monocle, one with an umbrella, and one with a glass in his hand, looking in amazement at the figure of Sarah "Saartjie" Baartman, who was the most famous of at least two Khoikhoi women who were exhibited as freak show attractions in 19th century Europe under the name 'Hottentot Venus'. There is a dog with the three onlookers.
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