Houdon in America A Collection of Documents in the Jefferson Papers in the Library of Congress; With An Introduction By Francis Henry Taylor
Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Press, 1930. First Edition. Quarto; pp; xxiv, 51; Illustrated with ten monochrome plates; beige cloth and blue paper covered boards with a decoration and lettering in black and a paper spine label; Very good, minor edge wear. Very good. Item #13632
Jean-Antoine Houdon (1741-1828) was a French neoclassical sculptor the greatest portrait sculptor of the age. Houdon is famous for his portrait busts and statues of philosophers, inventors and political figures of the Enlightenment. Houdon's subjects include Denis Diderot (1771), Benjamin Franklin (1778-09), Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1778), Voltaire (1781), Molière (1781), George Washington (1785–88), Thomas Jefferson (1789), Louis XVI (1790), Robert Fulton, 1803–04, and Napoléon Bonaparte (1806). This piece deals with the events surrounding the commission by the Commonwealth of Virginia to execute an equestrian portrait of George Washington.