George Washington (1732-1799)

George Washington (1732-1799)
Title
George Washington (1732-1799)
Date 
Early 19th century
Medium 
Ceramic painted plaster
Dimensions 
Overall: 21 1/2 x 12 x 9 1/2 in. ( 54.6 x 30.5 x 24.1 cm )
Description 
Portrait bust.
Credit Line 
Purchase
Object Number 
1937.316
Marks 
inscriptions: on right shoulder [faint]: "Houdon f. 1778" inscriptions: proper left shoulder: [illegible]
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.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group