Death Mask of William Shakespeare, London Stereoscopic and Photographic Company, 1865
Six skeletons smoking around the dinner table, circa 1865. (Photo by London Stereoscopic Company/Hulton Archive/Getty Images).
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1842 - Darmstadt, Germany: a death mask was found in a ragpicker’s shop in Darmstadt, that is 99.9% certain to be that of William Shakespeare’s. The mask, bearing the date of 1616 (Shakespeare died on April 23, 1616) , features the writer’s high forehead, prominent nose and beard. Engineers at Konica Minolta Europe scanned the death mask with lasers to construct a 3D computer model. After superimposing the model with the death mask, perfect matches were revealed between forehead, eyes nose.
Oh William, that would be ShakespearE.