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Aaron Burr (1756-1836)

Object Number: 
1946.348
Date: 
ca. 1836
Medium: 
Painted and overpainted plaster
Dimensions: 
Overall: 10 1/4 x 6 1/4 x 8 in. ( 26 x 15.9 x 20.3 cm )
Marks: 
paper label: on front of neck: "AARON BURR."
Description: 
Death mask.
Gallery Label: 
This cast was part of the Phrenological Museum of Fowler & Wells, which opened in New York City in 1842. Brothers Orson Squire Fowler (1809-1887) and Lorenzo Niles Fowler (1811-1896) and their business associate Samuel Roberts Wells (1820-1875) were noted phrenologists who read heads to understand the subject's "temperament." Their Phrenological Cabinet displaying casts, skulls, and charts became a popular fixture in the city.
Credit Line: 
Purchase, General Fund
Provenance: 
The Fowler Mask Collection
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group