George Washington (1732-1799)

George Washington (1732-1799)
Title
George Washington (1732-1799)
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 )
Description 
Portrait bust.
Credit Line 
Gift of the New York Caledonian Club
Object Number 
1934.47
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."
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).
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group