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Abraham Lincoln
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
Cast after
Clark Mills, 13 Dec 1810 - 12 Jan 1883
Sitter
Abraham Lincoln, 12 Feb 1809 - 15 Apr 1865
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; transfer from the National Museum of American History
Medium
Plaster
Dimensions
17.1 x 20.3 x 29.8cm (6 3/4 x 8 x 11 3/4")
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
Exhibition
America's Presidents (Reinstallation September 2017)
On View
NPG, South Gallery 240
Date
c. 1917 cast after 1865 original
Exhibition Label
Born Hardin County, Kentucky
Looking at this cast of Abraham Lincoln’s face, which appears gaunt and careworn, one may think that it is a death mask, but in fact, it was taken from life on February 11, 1865, by sculptor Clark Mills. Life masks were popular in the nineteenth century because they created a duplicate of the subject’s features. A friend of Lincoln’s commented on the mask’s ability to portray “one on whom sorrow and care had done their worst.”
Nacido en el condado de Hardin, Kentucky
Observando esta imagen del rostro de Abraham Lincoln, en la que aparece consumido y agobiado, uno puede pensar que se trata de una máscara funeraria, pero de hecho fue tomada en vida el 11 de febrero de 1865 por el escultor Clark Mills. Los moldes del rostro eran populares en el siglo XIX porque creaban un duplicado de las facciones del modelo. Un amigo de Lincoln comentó que la máscara lograba mostrar a “alguien en quien el dolor y la preocupación habían causado devastación”.
Provenance
National Museum of History and Technology (now National Museum of American History); transferred to NPG 1971
Type
Sculpture
Object number
NPG.71.26