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

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Current Location: In storage


Life Mask of Beethoven (1770-1827)


Production: Unknown (Probably)




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


19th Century, second quarter#
Production date: circa AD 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

People, subjects and objects depicted

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: Thursday 7 December 2023

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

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