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William Walton (1706-1768)
Oil on canvas
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Overall: 11 1/2 x 8 1/8 x 8 3/4 in. ( 29.2 x 20.6 x 22.2 cm )
inscribed: on bottom in pencil: "7- 78"
label: on interior: "Lincoln mask head"
Life mask after the original cast by Leonard Volk.
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.
Purchase, General Fund
The Fowler Mask Collection
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
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