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Phrenological illustrations, or an artist's view of the craniological system of Doctors Gall and Spurzheim. By George Cruikshank

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  • Title (object)

    • Phrenological illustrations, or an artist's view of the craniological system of Doctors Gall and Spurzheim. By George Cruikshank
  • Description

    Vignette (repeated from buff paper cover) on title-page to six plates. The heads of three laughing and partially bald men, showing the front, 1. and r. of the scalp divided into sections marked with figures from I to XXXIII on the principle of G. and S.: 'Propensities' I-IX, Sentiments X-XVIII, 'Knowing Faculties' XIX-XXIX, Reflective Faculties XXX-XXXIII. These are listed on an introductory leaf (2 pp.) with the addition of the unnumbered 'Organ of Drawing' (see No. 15194), each having a reference to the plate where it is depicted. 1826


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  • Date

    • 1826
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 335 millimetres (sheet)
    • Width: 455 millimetres (sheet)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Vignette lettered 'G Ck'; lettered with title and production details: ' London: Published by Geroge Cruikshank, Myddelton Terrace, Pentonville; and Sold by J. Robins and Co. Ivy Lane, Paternoster Row; S. Knights, Sweetings's Alley, Royal Exhange; and G. Humphrey, 24 St. James's Street. MDCCCXXVI'.
  • Curator's comments

    Title-page to a series of six plates, all printed on chine collé, with buff paper cover (printed as in this sheet, but with prices instead of publication date) and additional letterpress sheet.

    (Description and following comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', X, 1952)

    The publication was extremely popular and a topic of C. North's 'Noctes Ambrosiana;' in Blackwood's Magazine, Nov. 1826. The price [on cover] was '8s. plain, 12s. Coloured, or large paper India Proofs 20s.' There are sets of each in the Print Room. The plates are Nos. 15192-7 (Reid, Nos. 1348-53). Each has a central vignette, described first, with its title as the caption of the plate (which is actually without a comprehensive title), and is surrounded by four or more smaller vignettes. All have the same imprint as No. 15192. For phrenology see No. 12839 and index.

    For a pencil sketch, reversed, on page with a whole-length reclining portrait, see 1891,1117.159 (Binyon, i. 289. Pressmark 199.c.2/159). A pencil study is on the reverse of No. 15195.A.


  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 15191 bibliographic details
    • Cohn 1924 178 bibliographic details
    • Reid 1871 3476 bibliographic details
    • Reid 1871 4852 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (British XIXc Unmounted Roy)

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  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

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  • Additional IDs

    • 1891,1116.179



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