Dr. Samuel Gridley Howe (1801-1876)

Object Number: 
Mid-19th century
Painted and overpainted plaster
Overall: 11 1/4 x 7 x 9 in. ( 28.6 x 17.8 x 22.9 cm )
paper label: on base: "S. G. Howe head 21 - 87" inscribed: on back of neck in crayon: "Sam'l Ho." inscribed: on back of neck in pencil: "87"
Life mask
Gallery Label: 
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.
Credit Line: 
Purchase, General Fund
The Fowler Mask Collection
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group