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Daniel Gray, Lincoln Life Mask in miniature, After Clark Mills

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Daniel Gray Lincoln Life Mask, a re-creation of the Clark Mills Lincoln Life Mask.

In February 1865, about two months before his death, Abraham Lincoln permitted sculptor Clark Mills to make this life mask of his face. This was the second and last life mask made of Lincoln. The strain of the presidency was written on Abraham Lincoln’s face. His secretary, John Hay, remarked on the dramatic difference in Lincoln’s two life masks. He noted that the first mask, produced by Leonard Volk in 1860, “is a man of fifty-one, and young for his years…. It is a face full of life, of energy, of vivid aspiration…..The other is so sad and peaceful in its infinite repose…. a look as of one on whom sorrow and care had done their worst without victory is on all the features.”

Daniel Gray re-created that life mask here, in miniature.

Since his childhood, Daniel Gray has had a deep interest in Art and American History. His work is on display in museums, art galleries and private collections nationwide. Many important Lincoln scholars appreciate his work, including Dr. Mark Neely, Frank and Virginia Williams, and The Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection. He often credits the success of his accomplished Lincoln renderings to his passion for Lincoln’s character.

(Mills, Clark) Gray, Daniel P.  Recreation in Miniature of 1865 Lincoln Life Mask by Clark Mills.  Hollow bronze, produced with the “lost wax” method.  Ohio:  circa 1980s.  2” x 1-3/4” x 2-1/2” resting on a ¼” rectangular base; description on the bottom.

Additional information

Weight 2 lbs
Dimensions 10 × 7 × 4 in