Calves' Heads and Brains, or A Phrenological Lecture

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Title

Calves' Heads and Brains, or A Phrenological Lecture

Subject

Phrenology
Alken, Henry Thomas, 1784-1851
Satires (document genre)
Prints (visual works)

Description

Even in the first years of its popularity during the early nineteenth century, phrenology was a source of amusement to many and became a target for a number of satiric artists of the day, such as George Cruikshank, the "Phiz" illustrator of Charles Dickens' works. Note, particularly, the negative qualities of slyness, pride, and suspicion and the busts of Franz Joseph Gall (1758-1828) and Johann Gaspar Spurzheim (1776-1832) on the floor. In the lower right-hand corner can be discerned the supposed names of the artist, J. Lump, and the engraver, L. Bump, but the print is attributed to Henry Thomas Alken (1785-1851), a popular sporting illustrator of the early 19th century

Abstract

Early nineteenth century satirical illustration of a phrenological lecture, attributed to Henry Thomas Alken, featuring busts of Gall and Spurzheim

Creator

Alken, Henry Thomas, 1784-1851

Publisher

Published for the Artist

Date Created

1826

Rights

The Boston Medical Library does not hold copyright on all materials in this collection. For use information, consult Public Services at chm@hms.harvard.edu

Access Rights

Access to the original work depicted requires advance notice. Contact Public Services at chm@hms.harvard.edu for additional information

Is Part Of

Acc. 1982-1983/m/25. SA.L02.09 (framed)

Format

image

Extent

1 print

Type

still image

Provenance

Purchased for the Boston Medical Library through the Mark David Altschule Fund for Prints and Graphics, 1983

Files

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Citation

Alken, Henry Thomas, 1784-1851, “Calves' Heads and Brains, or A Phrenological Lecture,” OnView: Digital Collections & Exhibits, accessed December 16, 2019, http://collections.countway.harvard.edu/onview/items/show/6158.

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