A Bust of George Washington by Jean-Antoine Houdon

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It took forty-eight days crossing from Le Havre to Philadelphia, yet only few days spent with this important historic figure in Mount Vernon, Virginia... the result Jean-Antoine Houdon (1741-1828) became the most important sculptor in the history of the Founding Fathers of the United States. In Jean-Antoine Houdon's obituary, his son-in-law Raoul-Rochette emphasized one of the most glorious episodes in his father-in-law's career: “The reputation he enjoyed in Europe, barely 36 years old, spread to the new world. [...] It seems that his trip to the United States had left a lasting impression on his discerning mind. The sight of a free, wise

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