Samuel Finley Breese Morse (1791-1872)
Painted and overpainted plaster
Overall: 11 x 7 x 9 in. ( 27.9 x 17.8 x 22.9 cm )
inscribed: on back of neck: "1 -- 8" inscribed: across back of neck in pencil: "Samuel B Morse"
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.
Purchase, General Fund
The Fowler Mask Collection
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.