image S_0047_Newton death mask_1
Image number: RS.8492
Credit: © The Royal Society

Death mask of Isaac Newton

Date

1727

Creator

Michael Rysbrack (bapt. 1684, d.1770, Flemish), Artist

Object type

Material

wax

Subject

Description

Full face view of the death mask of Isaac Newton.

This death mask is one of several prepared shortly after Newton’s death, probably by the artist Michael Rysbrack. Rysbrack used the likeness to sculpt Newton’s features in marble for his tomb at Westminster Abbey. This mask was owned by the 18th century French sculptor Louis-François Roubiliac, who carved a marble bust of Newton (now at Trinity College Cambridge).

Object history

This death mask was donated to the Royal Society by Hunter Christie in 1839.

Associated place

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