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Mary Manning - Death Mask


Death Masks, 1849-1868


Collected by Dr Thomas Grierson for his museum at Thornhill, these death masks represent the Victorian interest in physiognomy - attempting to discover a persons' character from their physical features.


Marie Manning  along with her husband Frederick was executed on 13 November 1849 outside Horsemonger Lane prison in London for the murder of Patrick O'Connor.  The case became known as the "Bermondsey Horror" and attracted huge public and media attention.  Marie Manning was included in Madame Tussaud's Chamber of Horrors.

Dumfries Museum & Camera Obscura
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