George Washington - Item #201
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Unless otherwise noted, our reproductions are hand-cast in plaster and reinforced with burlap, fiber strands, and/or metal rods for extra strength.
FLAT WHITE: A unified, matte white finish. This is the optimum patina for cast drawing as it allows focus on form.
WHITE PATINA: A white finish with a light ivory tone added to the top surfaces.
LIGHT ANTIQUE PLASTER: A soft mixture of whites, grays, and yellows to replicate the look of an aged plaster cast.
ANTIQUE PLASTER: A dramatic mixture of grays and yellows to replicate the look of an aged plaster cast.
BRONZE: A rich brown finish with golden highlights to replicate the look of bronze.
STONE: A mixture of lighter tones to resemble natural stone.
DARK STONE: A mixture of darker tones to resemble natural stone.
SANDSTONE: A soft base color with warm highlights to resemble the look of natural sandstone.
TERRA COTTA: A variation of warm tones to resemble terra cotta.
ASSYRIAN STONE (Applies only to item numbers 3, 4, 5, 6 and 738): A two-tone patina augmenting the shallow relief sculpture and its stone texture.
TANAGRA PATINA (Applies only to item numbers 317, 318, 319, 320, 800 and 813): A finish that replicates the colors of the Tanagra figurines as shown in the product images.
29 Inches High x 21 Inches Wide x 12 Inches Deep
This bust is from the full-length figure of George Washington. Houdon was commissioned to create the statue for the state of Virginia. He stayed at Mount Vernon for a couple of weeks, studying his subject and creating a life-mask, and then completed the sculpture back home in France. It was installed in the Capitol's rotunda in 1796. As with many of Houdon's works, the statue was widely reproduced, and the bust was also reproduced with variations in the clothing.
Artist: Jean-Antoine Houdon
Museum/Location: Virginia State Capitol, Richmond, VA
Time Period: Modern- Neoclassical, 1785-1792
1911 Catalog ID # - 5475
Hirayama, Hina. "Busts of Franklin and Lafayette by Jean-Antoine Houdon." Acquired Tastes: 200 Years of Collecting for the Boston Athenæum, edited by Stanley Ellis Cushing and David B. Dearinger, The Boston Athenæum, 2006, pp. 261-265. Boston Athenæum, https://www.bostonathenaeum.org/about/publications/selections-acquired-tastes/busts-franklin-and-lafayette-jean-antoine-houdon.
"Jean-Antoine Houdon." George Washington Digital Encyclopedia, Mount Vernon Estate, http://www.mountvernon.org/digital-encyclopedia/article/jean-antoine-houdon/.