Upon his request in a detailed letter attached to his will, the body of British philosopher Jeremy Bentham was dissected and preserved after his death in 1832 by his disciple Thomas Southwood Smith. The head and skeleton were placed in a wooden cabinet Bentham called the "Auto-icon." The skeleton was dressed in Bentham's clothes and padded with hay. The Auto-icon was intended to incorporate Bentham's actual head, mummified to resemble its appearance in life. However, Southwood Smith's ...
Jeremy Bentham ( /ˈbɛnθəm/; 15 February 1748 – 6 June 1832) was an English author, jurist, philosopher, and legal and social reformer. He became a leading theorist in Anglo-American philosophy of law, and a political radical whose ideas influenced the development of welfarism. He is best known for his advocacy of utilitarianism and animal rights.
Jeremy Bentham Feb 1748 – June 1832. He is regarded as the founder of modern utilitarianism. When he was 21 he made a will leaving his body for dissection to friend/physician George Fordyce. His skeleton and head were preserved and stored in a wooden cabinet called Auto-icon with the skeleton padded out with hay and dressed in Bentham's clothes. It was acquired by Univ College London in 1850. The real head was displayed in the case for many years but became the target of student pranks.
The Strange Case of Jeremy Bentham: At his request, he was taxidermied after his death. Supposedly, the process to preserve the head went terribly wrong. His head was replaced with a wax substitute and placed on the floor between his legs.
Jeremy Bentham was a British philosopher, jurist, and social reformer. He is regarded as the founder of modern utilitarianism. He was taxidermied after his death at his request. The skeleton and head were preserved and stored in a wooden cabinet called the "Auto-icon". Unfortunately something went wrong in the mummification process leaving his head looking distastefully macabre. The Auto-icon was therefore given a wax head with his real head at his feet. Though the head is no longer…
The 'Auto-Icon' of philosopher Jeremy Bentham at University College, London. The cabinet contains Bentham's preserved skeleton, dressed in his own clothes, and surmounted by a wax head. Bentham requested that his body be preserved in this way in his will made shortly before his death on 6 June 1832. The cabinet was moved to UCL in 1850.
The Panopticon is a type of institutional building designed by English philosopher and social theorist Jeremy Bentham in the late eighteenth century. The concept of the design is to allow a watchman to observe (-opticon) all (pan-) inmates of an institution without their being able to tell whether or not they are being watched.