George Washington - Item #201
Patina Options and Material Information
Each and every piece is custom finished. A slight variation in color from order to order is to be expected.
Most reproductions are hand-cast in Gypsum reinforced with polymer, glass fiber, burlap and/or metal rods for extra strength.
Here are examples of the patina options:
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/.