In a room filled with skulls of the famous, the phrenologist Gall examines William Pitt the Younger and Gustavus IV, the King of Sweden, both currently plagued by Napoleon. Coloured etching, 1806.
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Pitt the Younger had a chequered ministry and was prime minister during the war with France in 1793. Gustavus IV was also an opponent of Napoleon and was deposed due to his insanity in 1806. Helfand (op. cit. note 10) suggests that both are consulting Gall for help in containing Napoléon's domination of Europe
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Pitt et le roi de Suede, consultant incognito le docteur Gall ...
W. Helfand, 'Medicine and pharmacy in French political prints', Transactions & studies of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, 4th ser, Vol. 42, No.1, July 1974
Wellcome Library no. 16174i