(PHRENOLOGY) Heath, William // Bless me, what a bump!!! (ca. 1820s)


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(PHRENOLOGY) Heath, William // Bless me, what a bump!!! (ca. 1820s)

From the series Sketches of science: phrenology, no. 1; London: J. McLean, 26 Haymarket, "where political and other caricatures are daily publishing," circa 1820s. Hand-coloured etching (37 x 26 cm. platemark, on sheet of 39 x 29 cm.). Set without mat in painted wooden frame (50 x 40 cm.), with dark green backing; not inspected outside of frame. Conforming to entry 31.9 in the 2001 catalogue for the Clements C. Fry Collection of medical art (Yale).

Since attributed to William Heath, this caricature reverses the typical gendering of the phrenological scene, with the excited look on the male patient's face underlining the sexual innuendo in the caption. From the table-top, the phrenological bust observes the two characters disapprovingly.

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