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George Washington (1732-1799)

Object Number: 
1934.47
Date: 
1876
Medium: 
Ochre painted and overpainted plaster/clay
Dimensions: 
Overall: 35 1/4 x 21 1/2 x 18 1/2 in. ( 89.5 x 54.6 x 47 cm )
Marks: 
inscribed: back of bust: "C 1876/ WILSON MACDONALD. BUST OF/ WASHINGTON/COPIED FROM THE ORIGINAL/HOUDON CAST 1785./AND STUART'S PORTRAIT R6 1975 W. M."
Description: 
Portrait bust.
Gallery Label: 
MacDonald maintained his studio in New York and specialized in sculpted portrait busts. His portrait of Washington was based on a bust of Jean Antoine Houdon and a painting by Gilbert Stuart, probably the two most popular images of the first president. MacDonald is known to have owned a copy of the cast that Clark Mills made of the original 1785 bust by Houdon (now at Mount Vernon).
Credit Line: 
Gift of the New York Caledonian Club
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group