Gallery of Heads

Gallery of Heads. Alfred Crowquil. Wood engraving by the Dalziels. 2 x 3 inches William Combe, The Tour of Dr Syntax, 295. This illustration, which provides a good example of Crowquill’s interest in physiognomy, juxtaposes a variety of facial types, from the long-nosed character one from the right to the heavy-jowls of the man in the centre. Though unfamiliar to modern readers, this pseudo-classification was a short-hand way of representing personality, inscribing traits of mind in the text of portraiture.

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Combe, William. The Tour of Dr Syntax. London: Ackermann & Tegg, 1854.

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