George Washington (1732-1799)
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]
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.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.