The Portrait Gallery Library houses a selection of life and death mask which previously belonged to the Edinburgh Phrenological Society. The masks include notorious murderers, most notably Burke and Hare. Phrenologists believed that a person’s skull could show whether or not they were destined to lead a life of crime. This was obviously not the case, but what can these masks, and other objects from the National Galleries of Scotland, tell us about how morality and criminality were viewed in the 19th century? A talk by Becky Howell, Librarian Scottish National Portrait Gallery.
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