Faceless

There are two sketches by William Whewell, dated August 1838: Captain Back (perhaps—the name is a bit unclear) and the President of the British Association. The Captain, wearing a cloak and broad-brimmed hat, surveys the barren landscape of Great Slave Lake: a blasted tree, a distant rock formation and looming clouds. The President is also looking off into the distance, with only ear and jawline visible. He holds a plumed hat in one hand; the other rests on the hilt of his sword. His cloak is quite classical in its drapiness; he is apparently wearing tights which reveal the precise contours of his legs. All in all, quite the heroic figure, set to do civilized battle with the forces of ignorance.

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