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A life mask of the sculptor Thomas Banks, plaster
Museum number: M293
Although we have no archive information about the history of this mask there is another example in the Royal Academy of Arts, London, which was presented by Banks' daughter Lavinia Forster in the 1850s. Whilst Soane acquired this example before his death in 1837 it is possible that it came from the same source as he acquired various sculptures by Banks indireclty from Mrs Forster in 1834. The RA example is dated to the 1790s and this identical one must have been made at the same time.
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