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Life Mask of Beethoven (1770-1827): M.7 & A-1920

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Life Mask of Beethoven (1770-1827)


Probably Unknown (Production)


Plaster, cast., suspended In wood and glass box.

Legal notes

Given by Sir Herbert Thompson, Bart

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1920-12-11) by Thompson, Henry Francis Herbert, Sir, Bart


Second quarter of 19th century
Production date: circa AD/CE 1827 : The mask may be a replica cast made later than the year of Beethoven's death.


Beethoven was buried in Vienna, it therefore seems likely that this death mask was made there

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Components of the work

Box: composed of wood glass Depth 17.5 cm Height 29.5 cm Width 24.6 cm
Plaster: Height 20.2 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Casting (process) : Plaster, cast

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.7 & A-1920
Primary reference Number: 29516
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 8 September 2021 Last processed: Wednesday 8 September 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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