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Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

Object Number: 
1946.353
Date: 
Mid-19th century
Medium: 
Painted and overpainted plaster
Dimensions: 
Overall: 15 x 10 x 7 in. ( 38.1 x 25.4 x 17.8 cm )
Marks: 
paper label: "Lincoln portrait mask 9- 78"
Description: 
Life 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