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Overall: 13 x 7 x 6 1/2 in. ( 33 x 17.8 x 16.5 cm )
paper label: on front: "FRANCOIS JOSEPH TALMA/French Actor."
inscribed: on back in pencil: "Talma 82"
paper label: on back: "Talma death mask 10-82"
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.
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The Fowler Mask Collection
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
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