Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)

Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)
Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)
Title
Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)
Date 
1789
Medium 
Plaster
Dimensions 
Overall: 28 1/2 x 19 x 11 in. ( 72.4 x 48.3 x 27.9 cm )
Description 
Portrait bust.
Credit Line 
Gift of Mrs. Laura Wolcott Gibbs
Object Number 
1839.1
Marks 
inscribed: under proper right shoulder: "HOUDON 7"
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).
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group