Today, September 14, 2016, is the 180th anniversary of the death of Eliza Jumel's second husband, Aaron Burr. A death mask was made the same day for of New York City phrenology firm of Fowler and Wells. Burr's skull revealed marked "destructiveness, combativeness, firmness, and self-esteem," as well as excessive "amativeness," said Fowler (quoted by Laurence Hutton in Harpers New Monthly Magazine, Nov. 1892, p. 912).

A An image of Burr circa 1801 confirms the identification of the death mask's subject. The abbreviation "Esq." (i.e., esquire) after Burr's name in the caption is a reminder that he had a long career as a lawyer.
Photograph of a plaster death mask of Aaron Burr belonging to the New-York Historical Society.
Death mask of Aaron Burr, made for Fowler and Wells, New York City. New-York Historical Society, 1927.59. Gift of Dr. John E. Stillwell.
A bust-length portrait of Aaron Burr, circa 1801, reproduced from a biographical dictionary belonging to the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution.
Enoch G. Gridley after John Vanderlyn, ca. 1801, from the New Universal Biographical Dictionary and American Remembrancer. National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, NPG.80.184.4.B.
 


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