Death mask

An impression or cast of the face of a deceased person, usually made by oiling the skin and taking a plaster cast of the features. Such masks could be used either in a funerary effigy or as a model for a posthumous portrait.

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Oliver Cromwell, by Unknown artist, possibly late 17th century - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Oliver Cromwell
by Unknown artist
possibly late 17th century
NPG 4025

Oliver Cromwell, by Unknown artist, possibly late 17th century - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Oliver Cromwell
by Unknown artist
possibly late 17th century
NPG 4025

Sir Isaac Newton, possibly after John Michael Rysbrack, after 1727 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Sir Isaac Newton
possibly after John Michael Rysbrack
after 1727
NPG 2081

Samuel Johnson, by William Cumberland Cruikshank, and  James Hoskins, 1784 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Samuel Johnson
by William Cumberland Cruikshank, and James Hoskins
1784
NPG 4685

Sir Thomas Lawrence, by Unknown artist, 1830 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Sir Thomas Lawrence
by Unknown artist
1830
NPG 1634

Joseph Mallord William Turner, attributed to Thomas Woolner, 1851 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Joseph Mallord William Turner
attributed to Thomas Woolner
1851
NPG 1664

Thomas Carlyle, by Sir Alfred Gilbert, 1881 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Thomas Carlyle
by Sir Alfred Gilbert
1881
NPG 1361

Dante Gabriel Rossetti, by D Brucciani & Co, 1882 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Dante Gabriel Rossetti
by D Brucciani & Co
1882
NPG 1699

Cecil John Rhodes, by John Tweed, after 1902 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Cecil John Rhodes
by John Tweed
after 1902
NPG 1730

Ellen Terry, by Margaret Winser, 1928 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Ellen Terry
by Margaret Winser
1928
NPG 3657

George Moore, by L. Godon, 1933 - NPG  - Photograph © National Portrait Gallery, London

George Moore
by L. Godon
1933
NPG 2622

Alan Rawsthorne, by Roy Noakes, 1971 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Alan Rawsthorne
by Roy Noakes
1971
NPG 6333

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