1500s-1900s: Life / Death Masks Amanda October 23, 2011 1800-1899, Famous people 13 CommentsFavourited 2410 times Add to favourites Abraham Lincoln, 1808-1865. Life MaskGeorge Washington, 1732-1799. Life MaskWilliam Wordsworth, 1770-1850. Life MaskSamuel Taylor Coleridge, 1772-1834. Death MaskEdmund Burke, 1729-1797. Death MaskOliver Cromwell, 1599-1658. Death MaskBenjamin Disraeli, Earl of Beaconsfield, 1804-1881. Death MaskDante Alighieri, 1265-1321. Death MaskBenjamin Franklin, 1706-1790. Life MaskDavid Garrick, 1717-1779. Life MaskJohann Wolfgang von Goethe, 1749-1832. Life MaskUlysses S Grant, 1822-1885. Death MaskJohn Keats, 1795-1821. Life MaskHeinrich Heine, 1797-1856. Death MaskHenry IV, King of France, 1553-1610. Death MaskJean Paul Marat, 1743-1793. Death MaskFelix Mendelssohn, 1809-1847. Death MaskSir Isaac Newton, 1642-1727. Death MaskThomas Paine, 1737-1809. Death MaskViscount Henry Jon Temple Palmerston, 1784-1865. Death MaskMaximilien Robespierre, 1758-1794. Death MaskDante Gabriel Rossetti, 1828-1882. Death MaskSir Walter Scott, 1771-1832. Death MaskRichard Brinsley Sheridan, 1751-1816. Death MaskJonathan Swift, 1667-1745 Death MaskWilliam Makepeace Thackeray, 1811-1863. Death MaskLeo Tolstoy, 1828-1910. Death MaskWilliam Wordsworth, 1770-1850. Life MaskWalt Whitman, 1819-1892. Death MaskLudwig van Beethoven, 1779-1827. Life MaskRobert E Lee, 1807-1870. Life Mask 13 Responses bessie October 23, 2011 I had no idea so many folks had life and/or death masks. I guess women did not go for getting a casting made of their countenances, or they were simply were not kept? Reply Ann October 23, 2011 These are almost unbearably haunting. Thank you. Reply Audra Hedger October 24, 2011 I think the Jean Paul Marat one interests me the most, because he was stabbed in his bathtub by Charlotte Corday at the height of the French Revolution. The interesting part, though, is that the painting by David shows the exact same expression on his face as his death mask captured. Bizarre! Reply lidia January 11, 2013 David copied the death mask. Reply Hans Peter October 24, 2011 There are some masks made of/for queens and such, Bessie. Reply Jason November 2, 2011 Some of these would make perfect Halloween masks, because they look pretty scary. William Makepeace Thackeray looks a little bit like Frankenstein.. Reply Danae November 2, 2011 Very interesting,capturing the last moment of these men.Poetic and true.. Reply Andrew November 3, 2011 Fascinating, but I have one question regarding Robespierre’s. It’s well known that he shot a good piece of his jaw off in a failed suicide attempt prior to his execution, how were they able to complete the mask? Reply Leeloo July 9, 2012 Some of these look like obvious death masks but other just look like sculptures. Washington, Dante, David Garrick, and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe look like sculptures, not masks taken from an actual body. It’s a neat idea though. It’s kind like we get an actual glimpse of them, instead of a view filtered through propaganda, ideology and artistic interepetation. Reply Ness July 26, 2012 Some masks were used as a reference to paintings, I’ve been fascinated by these for eight years when I viewed the Lincoln life mask in person. It’s amazing to think that’s almost exactly what their face looked like so many years ago. Reply Wow July 29, 2012 Amazing how “crooked” some of those faces look Reply aaron October 5, 2012 There is actually a Napolean Bonaparte death mask in the Texas Masonic Grand Lodge in Waco, Tx. Reply Robin Wheelwright Ness February 5, 2013 Recent blog post on Napoleon’s Death Mask from Brown University Library, Digital Production Services http://library.brown.edu/dps/curio/napoleons-death-mask/ Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.