George Washington (1732-1799)

Object Number: 
1946.345
Date: 
Early 19th century
Medium: 
Plaster
Dimensions: 
Overall: 12 1/4 x 8 3/4 x 6 in. ( 31.1 x 22.2 x 15.2 cm )
Description: 
Life mask based on Jean Antoine Houdon's sculpture of George Washington in the Virginia State Capitol.
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
Provenance: 
The Fowler Mask Collection
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group