Phrenology, By L. N. Fowler

Phrenology, By L. N. Fowler

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Lorenzo Niles Fowler (1811-1896) and his older brother, Orson Squire Fowler (1809-1887) were active proponents of phrenology in the United States and in England. Inscriptions on the base of this ceramic head read “PHRENOLOGY / L. N. / FOWLER” and “ENTERED AT / STATIONERS HALL” and “L. N. FOWLER / 337, STRAND / LONDON” and “For thirty years I have studied Crania and living heads from all parts of the world, and have found in every instance that there is a perfect correspondence between the conformation of the healthy skull of a healthy individual and his Known characteristics. To make my observations available I have prepared a Bust of superior form and marked the divisions of the Organs in accordance with my researches and varied experience. L. N. Fowler.”
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Object Name
Phrenology Head
Physical Description
ceramic (overall material)
overall: 30 cm x 14.1 cm x 10 cm; 11 13/16 in x 5 9/16 in x 3 15/16 in
overall: 11 1/2 in x 5 in x 6 1/2 in; 29.21 cm x 12.7 cm x 16.51 cm
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National Museum of American History
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