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Ulric Stonewall Jackson Dunbar Creates Admiral Dewey’s Death Mask

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Ulric Stonewall Jackson Dunbar (January 31, 1862 - May 7, 1927) works on the mould of Admiral George Dewey’s death mask. Dunbar, a Canadian sculptor, was often contracted to make death masks of famous people. It is unknown who commissioned Dewey’s death mask. Dunbar took Dewey’s visage in plaster in April 1912, just after he died. The mask resides at the National Portrait Gallery. In the January 21, 1917 issue of the Washington Times, Dunbar spoke about Dewey’s death mask. "Admiral Dewey had what we call a strong character face. Of course that is a different thing from mere classic beauty. The lines of his face expressed determination, courage, and a resolute force in carrying out his purpose…Admiral Dewey was unusually well preserved," Mr. Dunbar said, "and this relieves the, mask from the traces of age which often show In the features of others as old as he." Dubar presented the mask to the American media on January 17, 1917.
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