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Death mask of George Washington Bowen (1794–1885)

Object Name: Death mask or life mask
Date: 1885
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Medium: Plaster
Dimensions: Overall: 8 1/4 x 5 1/4 x 3 1/8 in. ( 21 x 13.3 x 7.9 cm )
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. William H. Shelton
Object Number: 1928.38
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Inscribed: Inscribed on back in red paint: "950"

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George Washington Bowen was born in Providence, Rhode Island, and worked as a baker, weaver and shopkeeper in Newport. In several unsuccessful lawsuits he claimed to be the son and heir of Eliza Bowen (Madame Stephen Jumel).