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Life and death masks

Selected life and death masks from the Collection.  Explore the full list here.

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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
NPG 4685

John Keats
by Benjamin Robert Haydon
NPG 686

John Constable
by Samuel Joseph
1958, based on a work of 1837
NPG 4063

Ellen Terry
by Margaret Winser
NPG 3657

Benjamin Disraeli, Earl of Beaconsfield
by Robert Glassby, cast by John Theodore Tussaud
1933, based on a work of 1881
NPG 2655

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Untitled, c.1973 (Alex Chilton) by William Eggleston © Eggleston Artistic Trust

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