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.
This monument to William Shakespeare, the bard of Avon, was erected in Westminster Abbey, London, in 1740.