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Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)

Object Number: 
1839.1
Date: 
1789
Medium: 
Plaster
Dimensions: 
Overall: 28 1/2 x 19 x 11 in. ( 72.4 x 48.3 x 27.9 cm )
Marks: 
inscribed: under proper right shoulder: "HOUDON 7"
Description: 
Portrait bust.
Gallery Label: 
Jefferson sat for a portrait by Houdon in 1789, and the plaster that resulted was exhibited at the Paris Salon that summer. A marble bust based on this plaster is now at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The New-York Historical Society's plaster cast is said to be "unquestionably from the hand of Houdon himself" and made directly from the mold of the original portrait (Bush, "Life Portraits of Thomas Jefferson," 1962, p. 23, no. 10).
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mrs. Laura Wolcott Gibbs
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group