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The death mask of William Palmer, the poisoner. Lithograph after M. Krantz, c. 1860.

  • Krantz, Moritz, 1812-1869.
Date
[c. 1860]
Reference
28209i
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William Palmer of Rugeley (1824-1856) was a serial poisoner who killed his friends, relatives and wife to escape debt and extort insurance. Phrenology was seen as (among other things) a way of explaining criminal behaviour

Publication/Creation

Leipzig : F.A. Brockhaus' geogr. -artist. Anstalt, [c. 1860]

Physical description

1 print : lithograph

Lettering

William Palmer. Moritz Krantz gez.

References note

For the case of Palmer, see: Giles St Aubyn, 'Infamous Victorians: Palmer and Lamson, two notorious poisoners' (London: Constable, 1971), which contains a helpful bibliography of contemporary and modern accounts of the case

Lettering note

Bears number: Taf. XXI

Reference

Wellcome Library no. 28209i

Languages

  • German


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