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Life mask

An impression or the mould of the face of a living person, usually made by taking a plaster cast of the features.

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John Hunter
by Unknown artist
1962, based on a work of circa 1785
NPG 4288

William Wordsworth
by Benjamin Robert Haydon
1815
NPG 2020

John Keats
by Benjamin Robert Haydon
1816
NPG 686

Benjamin Robert Haydon
by Unknown artist
circa 1820
NPG 2172

Benjamin Robert Haydon
by Unknown artist
circa 1820
NPG 2802

John Hunter
by Unknown artist
1913 or before, based on a work of circa 1785
NPG 1712

Noël Coward
by Paul Hamann
1981, based on a work of 1930
NPG 5404

Aldous Huxley
by Paul Hamann
1981, based on a work of 1930
NPG 5403

Sir Malcolm Campbell
by H.A. Stermann
circa 1935
NPG 4195

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From building dens to food faces – enjoy our Playful Portraits activities and find out about some brilliant people!

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Healthcare Heroes

Activities for children and families inspired by three healthcare heroes from our Collection.

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