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National Museum of Ireland acquires forensic facial reconstruction sculpture of an Irish WW1 Soldier

National Museum of Ireland Acquires a First for their Collection. The National Museum of Ireland is acquiring a rare work of art for their permanent collection; a forensic facial reconstruction sculpture depicting a WWI soldier.


National Museum of Ireland Acquires a First for their Collection.

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The sculptor Corbet and the forensic facial reconstruction sculpture depicting a WWI soldier

The National Museum of Ireland is acquiring a rare work of art for their permanent collection; a forensic facial reconstruction sculpture depicting a WWI soldier.

The portrait bust is of the Irish born Canadian soldier Pte. Thomas Lawless who fell in battle in Avion near Vimy, France in 1915. Lawless’s remains were not discovered until 2003; a positive identification was made in 2011.

In a collaborative multidisciplinary project headed by the Department of National Defence and the University of Western Ontario Canadian renowned artist Christian Corbet was asked to put a face back to a copy of the soldier’s skull. The reconstruction took less than 30 hours to complete and became known as the first identification of a WWI soldier based on stable Isotopes and forensic reconstruction.

Corbet commented “I am honoured to know my sculpture of Pte. Lawless has been acquired by the National Museum of Ireland. I feel privileged to have sculpted this reconstruction of a son of Ireland and personally feel on many levels that a part of him is returning home to his mother country.”

Corbet is the first Canadian artist to be represented by the National Museum of Ireland with a forensic portrait sculpture. He is represented in over 100 important art galleries, museums and special collections worldwide. He has been granted the distinct titles of “Regimental Sculptor - The Royal Canadian Regiment”, “Sculptor in Residence – Royal Canadian Navy” and “Forensic Artist in Residence – University of Western Ontario”.

For his contributions to Canada, Christian Corbet has recently been granted Armourial Bearings and the Diamond Jubilee Medal.

For further information, or interview please email: info@canadianportraitacademy.com

Maureen Gaule

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National Museum of Ireland

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