Charles Cordier 1827-1905 while still a young art student, established himself as a leader in the emerging field of ethnographic sculpture.
Interest in ethnography grew significantly during the first half of the 19th century, sparked by the emergence of anthropology as a field of study,
the increasing ease of travel, and paintings of foreign lands and peoples by Eugène Delacroix and other Romantic artists. However, the ethnographic
sculptor’s attempt interest in representing different races in detail indicates less of a scientific pursuit than the kind of documentary objectivity
more closely associated with the Realists.