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George Washington Bust

George Washington Bust

Date: 1853
Catalog #: 10103    Accession #: 41137
Credit: Political History, Division of Social History, National Museum of American History


Clark Mills (Artist)

Clark Mills was a sculptor. In 1835 he discovered a new method of taking a cast from the human face. This process allowed him to make busts cheaply.

Dimensions / Weight

Dimensions: 19" H x 13" W x 12" D

Physical Description

Cast plaster.

Specific History

This bust of George Washington was cast from an original mold made in 1785 by Jean Antoine Houdon. Thomas Jefferson recommended Houdon who traveled to Mount Vernon to study Washington. Houdon was one of the few European artists to actually see America during this period. His sculpture established the primary iconography for Washington in Europe and America.


Country: United States
Era: Revolution and the New Nation (1754-1820s)
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