Friday, May 18, 2007


Jim “Lumpy” Phelps
8”x10” acrylic on board

Jim was a prize winning rat-catcher and gifted phrenologist.
After spending years examining the bumps on his own head, he came to the conclusion that rat-catching was not the job he was best suited for. In 1850, he was dispatched to Brixton Prison to use his phrenology skills to examine the heads of the inmates in the hope that he might get some insight on the “criminal mind”. His studies were inconclusive, . . . but while he was there, he managed to rid the prison of its rats.

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