'Rare specimens of comparative craniology: An old maid's skull phrenologised', print, London, England, 1825-1835

1825-1835 in London
F C Hunt
E. F. Lambert

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Print. Rare specimens of comparative craniology. An old maid's skull phrenologised. / Drawn by F.C. Hunt, engraved by E. F. Lambert. nd. [1805-1830?]. Aquatint, col., 27x32cm.

Phrenologists believed that the shape and size of various areas of the brain (and therefore the overlying skull) determined personality. Both the dog and its owner, Miss Strangeways, are being examined with an instrument of the phrenologist’s invention – the ‘Skullometer’. The name ‘Strangeways’ shows how absurd the caption writer thought the practice of phrenology was! The dog’s personality was ‘read’ and it was found to love children and be devoted to its owner. The animal and human phrenological heads pictured around the room suggest that we share similar characteristics. The artist of the satirical illustration was E F Lambert (active 1790-1846) and the engraver was F C Hunt (active 1825-1835).


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aquatint and paper
overall (estimate): 270 x 320 mm
overall (in window mount): 353 mm x 371 mm
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  • visual and verbal communication
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Edmunds, A.

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