A head containing over thirty images symbolising the phrenological faculties, accompanied by a key. Coloured lithograph, c. 1875, after O.S. Fowler (?).

  • Fowler, O. S. (Orson Squire), 1809-1887.
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The chart enumerates thirty-seven faculties (plus four 'sub-faculties') It is based on the Fowler system of phrenology, which added faculties of 'Conjugality' ("desire to marry"), 'Vitativeness' ("attachment to life"), 'Human nature' ("intuitive insight into character, sagacity, penetration") and 'agreeableness' ("Youthfulness, blandness, suavity") to European systems

Physical description

1 print : lithograph, printed in colour


A new symbolical head and phrenological chart, with the name and definition of each organ, by R.B.D. Wells, phrenologist, West Bank, Scarbro ...


Wellcome Collection 28595i

Creator/production credits

The design seems to originate with one of the Fowlers (probably Orson Squire Fowler), a family of popular phrenologists operating in the United States in the last half of the nineteenth century



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