The History of Phrenology on the Web
By John van Wyhe

The evolution of phrenological images c. 1800; 1820; 1860.
Phrenology was one of the most popular Victorian sciences. This site provides an authoritative
overview and the largest collection of phrenological images, and many primary sources.

What was phrenology? an overview.

The organs or faculties
i.e. 'the bumps'- several lists to compare.

Phrenology in literature
some of the best-selling Victorian books were influenced by phrenology.

Texts a large collection of books, articles & extracts.

Images portraits, busts, skulls etc.

Critical bibliography
a definitive source for primary & secondary works.

Ridiculing phrenology just for fun.


-Reviews of & links to this site.

© John van Wyhe 1999-2011. Materials on this website may not be reproduced without permission except for use in teaching or non-published presentations, papers/theses.