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Thomas Paine (1737-1809)

Object Number: 
1926.56a
Date: 
After 1809
Medium: 
Plaster
Dimensions: 
Overall: 8 1/16 x 5 3/4 x 3 5/8 in. ( 20.5 x 14.6 x 9.2 cm )
Marks: 
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"
Description: 
Death mask.
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.
Credit Line: 
Gift of the Thomas Paine National Historical Association
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group