George Washington's Life Mask

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Jean Antoine Houdon
1741-1828
Virginia, 1785.
Plaster.
12 1/2 inches (318 mm); from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head
Gift of J. P. Morgan, Jr., 1924
AZ151
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Jean-Antoine Houdon (1741-1828), Rome and Paris; his sale, Paris, 1828; purchased by Robert Walsh (1785-1859), Philadelphia (before 1837); by gift or purchase to John Struthers (1786-1851), Philadelphia; Ferdinand Pettrich (1798-1872), Philadelphia and Washington D.C. (1835-1843 ), later Brazil (c. 1843-1858) and Rome (1858-1872); purchased from Pettrich's widow, ca. 1872 by William Wetmore Story (1819-1895), Rome; by descent to his son, Waldo Story (1855-1915); from whom purchased before 1913 by J. Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913), New York; by descent, J. P. Morgan, Jr. (1867-1943), New York.
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Taken at Mt. Vernon, October 1785.

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