THE National Museum of Ireland is acquiring a rare work of art for its permanent collection – a forensic facial reconstruction sculpture depicting a World War One soldier.
The portrait bust is of the Irish-born Canadian soldier Private Thomas Lawless, who fell in battle in Avion near Vimy, France in 1915.
Pte Lawless's remains were not discovered until 2003. It took eight years for a positive identification to be made.
In a project headed by the Department of National Defence and the University of Western Ontario Canada, renowned artist Christian Corbet was asked to put a face back to a copy of the skull.
The reconstruction took less than 30 hours to complete and became known as the first identification of a World War One soldier based on forensic reconstruction.