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Thomas Paine (1737-1809)

Thomas Paine (1737-1809)
Thomas Paine (1737-1809)
After 1809
Overall: 8 1/16 x 5 3/4 x 3 5/8 in. ( 20.5 x 14.6 x 9.2 cm )
Death mask.
Credit Line 
Gift of the Thomas Paine National Historical Association
Object Number 
inscribed: on back in red paint: "# 366" [old N-YHS cat #] printed label: on back: "THOMAS PAINE/Plaster cast of head, made after the great author's death by John W Jarvis, the portrait painter, an intimate friend of Thomas Paine"
Gallery Label 
Thomas Paine was born in England, the son of a Quaker corsetmaker. He came to the Colonies in 1774 with letters of introduction from Benjamin Franklin, and two years later published his pamphlet "Common Sense," which advocated separation of the Colonies from England.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group