ex4834The Laurence Hutton Collection of Life and Death Masks at Princeton University Library is extensive if a bit gruesome. Here for example is Goethe. A cast of Robert Burns skull doesn’t really tell you a lot, but there it is. S. T. Coleridge looks suitably grumpy while Dante and Sir Walter Scott look really disapproving of the whole process. John Keats appears to be caught in the act of composition. Laurence Sterne and Jonathan Swift seem to be in the middle of telling good stories.

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