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LAW Sir Thomas Lawrence, PRA, letters and papers 1777-1831
LAW/2 Autographs volume 2 1812-1818
                        >LAW/2/127 John Abernethy, Bedford Row, to Sir Thomas 19 Feb [c.1815]
Reference CodeLAW/2/127
TitleJohn Abernethy, Bedford Row, to Sir Thomas
Date19 Feb [c.1815]
Extent & Medium1 piece
Historical BackgroundThe Physiognomical System of Drs. Gall and Spurzheim was first published in 1815 and caused immediate press criticism. This letter was written after this time. In 1821 Abernethy published Reflections on Gall and Spurzheim's system of Physiognomy and Phrenology.
Content DescriptionHe defends his use of a Shakespearean metaphor in his criticisms of Gall & Spurzheim's theories; he saw Lawrence and Mr. Chantrey at a recent meal, but was too far away to talk, so sent the book instead; he is proud that Lawrence read it.