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George Washington (1732-1799)

Object Number: 
Early 19th century
Ceramic painted plaster
Overall: 21 1/2 x 12 x 9 1/2 in. ( 54.6 x 30.5 x 24.1 cm )
inscriptions: on right shoulder [faint]: "Houdon f. 1778" inscriptions: proper left shoulder: [illegible]
Portrait bust.
Gallery Label: 
This bust follows the "Louvre type" of Houdon "Washington," with the subject wearing a pleated shirt with a round collar, a diagonal strap across the chest, and a piece of drapery across the left shoulder in the manner of a Roman senator. The original in the Louvre is believed to have been made in 1786, or very soon after Houdon returned to France from the United States.
Credit Line: 
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group