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Overall: 12 1/4 x 7 1/2 x 9 in. ( 31.1 x 19 x 22.9 cm )
paper label: inside: "Silas Wright head 26 - 88"
inscribed: in interior in pencil and crayon: "Silas Wright" [name written twice]
inscribed: in blue ink: "171" [written twice]
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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