11.5" x 6.5" | Bust of George Washington | 1732-1799 |Polystone Bust of George Washington (1732-1799) Based on a sculpture by Jean-Antione Houdon Jean-Antione Houdon (1741-1828) was one of the most celebrated portrait sculptors of his day. Renowned for his classical statues of the goddess Diana, Cicero, Rousseau, and Voltaire, the French sculptor was commissioned by kings and great men all over Europe to render their likeness in stone. When the Virginia State Legislature voted to have a statue of George Washington made for the State Capitol, Benjamin Franklin recommended Houdon for this important work. Washington, ever the gracious host, invited Houdon to stay at his home while he performed the commission. Houdon accepted Washington's offer and spent two weeks at Mount Vernon. Before returning to France, the sculptor created a terra-cotta bust of his kind host and presented it to him as a gift. This detailed sculpture is inspired by Houdon's bust of Washington. Houdon was also commissioned to create busts of other American leaders, including Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson. He thereby eternally linked the Houdon name with that of our American forefathers. George Washington played one of the most critical roles in the struggle for American freedom. As commander and Chief of the Continental Army, President of the Constitutional Convention, and first President of the United States, Washington was known for his resolute honesty, courage and devotion to his country. Thomas Jefferson said of Washington, "His integrity was the most pure, his justice the most inflexible I have ever known. He was, indeed, in every sense of the word, a wise, a good, a great man."