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The somnambulists : photographic portraits from before photography

Author: Joanna Kane; Duncan Forbes; Roberta McGrath; Phrenological Society (Edinburgh, Scotland); National Galleries of Scotland.
Publisher: Stockport, England : Dewi Lewis Publishing, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The drive to capture true likeness in the early 19th century was partly generated by the pseudo-science of phrenology. As a by-product of this, cast collections such as those of the Edinburgh Phrenological Society have preserved these haunting likenesses. In this book, Joanna Kane's photographs capture these unique masks.
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Genre/Form: Pictorial works
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Kane, Joanna.
Somnambulists.
Stockport, England : Dewi Lewis Publishing, 2008
(OCoLC)754607310
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Joanna Kane; Duncan Forbes; Roberta McGrath; Phrenological Society (Edinburgh, Scotland); National Galleries of Scotland.
ISBN: 9781904587569 1904587569
OCLC Number: 181069549
Notes: "The somnambulist are contemporary portraits of life and death masks from the cast collection of the Edinburgh Phrenological Society". -- back cover.
"Published in association with National Galleries of Scotland". -- prelim.
Description: 1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly illustrations ; 31 cm
Contents: Hieroglyphic heads, by Duncan Forbes, Roberta McGrath.
Responsibility: photographs by Joanna Kane ; essays by Duncan Forbes, Roberta McGrath.

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The drive to capture true likeness in the early 19th century was partly generated by the pseudo-science of phrenology. As a by-product of this, cast collections such as those of the Edinburgh Phrenological Society have preserved these haunting likenesses. In this book, Joanna Kane's photographs capture these unique masks.

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