Africa Illustrated: Fantasy and Reality Before 1900

June 5, 1991 – November 10, 1991

National Museum of African Art
950 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC

Sublevel 1 Floor Plan

Early history, ethnology, and travel books on Africa contained illustrations that reflected and shaped European perceptions of the continent. Featuring 15 books published between the 17th and 19th centuries, this exhibition explores those perceptions. This is a small exhibition focusing on a single theme from the museum's permanent collection.