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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 4025

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

Sir Isaac Newton
by Unknown artist
based on a work of circa 1727
NPG 2081

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

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No work found

Thomas Carlyle
by Sir Alfred Gilbert
1881
NPG 1361

Cecil John Rhodes
by John Tweed
after 1902
NPG 1730

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