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Joseph Clay Neal (1807-1847)

Object Number: 
Mid-19th century
Painted and overpainted plaster
Overall: 10 3/4 x 6 3/4 x 8 1/2 in. ( 27.3 x 17.1 x 21.6 cm )
inscribed: inside in pencil: "Jos Neal" label: "J. C. Neal head 23-87"
Death 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