Charles Henri Joseph Cordier submitted a plaster cast of the bust of an African visitor
to Paris to the Salon of 1848, and two years later he again entered it as a bronze. A young African woman
served as the model for the companion piece in 1851. Regarded by 19th-century viewers as powerful expressions of nobility and dignity in the face of grave injustice, these sculptures proved to be highly popular: casts were acquired by the Museum of National History in Paris and also by Queen Victoria. The Walters Art Museum @ 600 N. Charles Street Baltimore Maryland, houses this pair that were cast by the Paris foundry Eck and Durand in 1852.