Les Habitations Humaines


The implied superiority of Western culture.

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This interesting color lithograph ostensibly shows human dwellings from around the world, but there is a clear sense of cultural, namely French, superiority suggested by the composition of the image.

The center view shows an elegant Parisian salon filled with artwork, chandeliers, and the well-dressed gentry. Surrounding the salon are ten vignettes that show sharply contrasting habitations from far-flung corners of the globe. Thatched roofs in the Marquesas, igloos in the Arctic, the misery of the poorhouse, and even rustic villages are all depicted in almost pitiable states. A final illustration in the lower center shows a carefully curated ‘general view of a city’ that is strictly European in style.

Designed and lithographed by P.A. Belin and C. Bethmont and published in Paris by Lemercier in 1852.


Map Details

Publication Date: 1852

Author: P.A. Belin and C. Bethmont

Sheet Width (in): 15.6

Sheet Height (in): 11.6

Condition: A-

Condition Description: Minor wear and about 2" of separation along the vertical centerfold that has been repaired on the verso with archival tape. Faint toning visible in the margins, but overall in very good condition.


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