A phrenological drawing of Shakespeare's skull dated 1807 and thought to be attributed to the French natural scientist Georges Curvier when a follower of the Viennese physician and phrenologist Franz-Joseph Gall. |
Though the original skull, from whence the drawing was taken, is yet undiscovered it is thought to part of the collection taken to America by another follower of Gall, Johann Kaspar Spurzheim. There is some evidence that an infamous 'resurrection man' (transported to New Holland) was responsible for obtaining the skull for the business man and amateur natural scientist James Deville who either took it, or had it sent, to Paris and the 'Institut de France' where it finally came into the posession of Spurzheim.
Although there is some evidence that it was part of the posessions of Napolean Bonaparte's when finally exiled and hence made it's way to Chile and then the USA this cannot be substantiated.
Below is a 'proof' in the form of a series of comparisons between the historical drawings and the skull. Please note the congurence of the eyes, nose and upper teeth with the skull.