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- Object: Explanation of the New Physiognomical System of the Brain according to Drs Gall & Spurzheim
A broadside with phrenological diagrams, based on the physiognomical system by Franz Joseph Gall and Johann Caspar Spurzheim which was first published in 1815; with an etching and engraving, showing at the top five views of a skull and brain, in the centre views of animal and human heads, at the bottom three portraits, from left to right, of Laurence Sterne, of a mathematician (William Emerson?), and of William Shakespeare representing the diagram's phrenological categories of wit (xxxii), number (xxvii), and wit and ideality, or power of imagination (xxxii and xvi); with engraved title and inscriptions. (n.p: (1818?))
- Production date
- 1818 (ca)
Height: 277 millimetres (printed area, plate mark not visible)
Width: 179 millimetres (printed area, plate mark not visible)
- Curator's comments
- This is a weak impression, and the publication details are not fully legible.
This print seems to be a close copy of an etching by Henry Sawyer (after William Byam) published in 1818. See Wellcome Library, Signature 9733/V 9487 and British Library L.R.110.d.6.(76).
The portrait of Laurence Sterne is based on the oil painting by Joshua Reynolds (NPG 5019).
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