Item GST/8 - Unidentified female death mask

Unidentified female death mask (Version 1) Unidentified female death mask (Version 2)

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Unidentified female death mask


  • Late 19th century-mid 20th century (Creation)

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Plaster copy of a death mask of an unknown woman.

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(Late 19th-mid 20th century)

Administrative history

Charles Smith was a plaster figure and sculptor's moulder in London active from at least 1886 until his death in 1918. After the death of Charles Smith, his sons, George Smith and Charles Smith Jr continued the business. The firm experienced financial difficulty in the 1920s, although the family continued to be involved in mould making and plaster casting until 1953.

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Death mask of a woman with an inscription on the bottom that reads "Smith London No. 310". The bottom half of the woman's face is coated in several layers of a reddish-brown shellac. The top half of the portrait appears to have been badly damaged and repaired with fresh plaster.

Dimensions: 255 x 160 x 145 mm

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GB 1694 GST/8

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GB 1694

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ISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description - Second edition


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