Sir Isaac Newton

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Newton's deathmask

5. Newton's deathmask

The deathmask of Isaac Newton in the library was made for the Highgate Literary Institute, possibly to mark the 250th anniversary of Newton's birth in 1892. It was acquired by Robert S Whipple (of the Whipple Museum of Science) and recently discovered in the Fitzwilliam Museum, and was subsequently loaned to the Newton Institute. It conforms to plaster masks in Trinity and King's Colleges, and the Royal Society, and the other known example is in the National Portrait Gallery in London.

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