George Washington (1732-1799)
Dark brown patinated bronze
Overall: 21 1/2 x 11 3/4 x 9 1/2 in. ( 54.6 x 29.8 x 24.1 cm )
inscribed: proper right shoulder: "Houdon" inscribed: on top of back: "F. BARBEDIENNE FOUNDEUR"
Barbedienne, who operated one of the leading bronze foundries in Europe in the third quarter of the 19th century, produced numerous replicas after two types of Washington busts by Houdon. The Society's version has the chest draped, and was taken from the terracotta original in the Louvre, which is believed to have been made in 1786, or very soon after Houdon's return to France from the United States.
Gift of Mr. A. Walter Socolow
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