19th Century French Criminal Tattoos by Lacassagne

The above photographs are from Alexandre Lacassagne's pioneer study of criminal tattoos from the 1890s. The images are from his personal collection.

In 1881 he published his text Les Tatouages, étude anthropologique et médico-légale, or Anthropological and Forensic Tattoos.

Alexandre Lacassagne (August 17, 1843 - September 24, 1924) was a French physician and criminologist who was a native of Cahors. He was the founder of the Lacassagne school of criminology, based in Lyon.

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