George Washington American President Portrait Bust by Houdon Bronze Finish 24HPN# 315B
This portrait bust of George Washington is a timeless replica of the first American US President. In 1784, the Congress of Virginia passed a resolution to have a statue of President Washington made for the State Capitol. Governor Harrison authorized Thomas Jefferson, then Minister to France, to select a European artist he considered worthy of this task. Benjamin Franklin was consulted and the choice fell upon Antoine Houdon, the foremost portrait sculptor of his time.
In July 1785, Houdon sailed for Philadelphia, accompanied by his friend Franklin and three of his workmen. Advised of the master's arrival in September of that year, Washington hastened to invite him to Mount Vernon. After two weeks at work, Houdon took a life mask, other plaster impressions, minute measurements of Washington's body and sketches back to Paris. His imposing and elegant statue was completed in 1792 and today still adorns the front of the Capitol in Richmond.
- George Washington Portrait Bust measures 24 in H x 14 in W x 12 in D. Weighs 24 lbs.
- Made from cast compound stone with a bronze finish. PN 315B
- Made in USA.
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