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Lord Eldon, John Scott (1751-1838)

Lord Eldon, John Scott (1751-1838)
Title
Lord Eldon, John Scott (1751-1838)
Date 
1838
Medium 
Off-white painted and overpainted plaster
Dimensions 
Overall: 11 1/2 x 6 1/2 x 8 1/2 in. ( 29.2 x 16.5 x 21.6 cm )
Description 
Death mask
Credit Line 
Purchase, General Fund
Object Number 
1946.357
Marks 
inscribed: back of neck: "Lord Eldon/O"
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.
Provenance 
The Fowler Mask Collection
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group