National Gallery Portraits

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In the Reading room of the Scottish National Gallery are a hypnotic set of plaster casts  based on Victorian ideas of phrenology and how facial features can be read to reveal the character of the person.  It brings up all sorts of questions about how we judge a person according to look, and the labels we attach to people.

It was interesting how, in the life plaster casts made, some models were resisting ( Male Typical Celtic) and others placid and compliant.  Nothing much  seemed to faze ‘female extreme cunning’!