Laurence Hutton Collection of Life and Death Masks
Interested in obtaining a true likeness of great men, Laurence Hutton (1843-1904) set out to acquire death masks of historical or well-known figures. Some in the collection include Napoleon, Beethoven, Shakespeare, Goethe, Newton and Charles XII who was killed in battle (the bullet’s entry is visible above his right brow). Today the Hutton collection is housed at Princeton University and is available for viewing online. [Source]
Image 1: Queen Elizabeth I - death mask.
Image 2: Benjamin Franklin - life mask.
Image 3: Sir Isaac Newton - death mask.
Image 4: Jonathan Swift - death mask.
MANY, MANY MORE.